Fracking starts Saturday

Campaigner Bob Dennet has failed in his attempt to put a stop to fracking at the preston new road site by claiming that emergency plans hadn’t properly been put in place.

A decision today means that fracking can start in the morning. Judge presiding Mr Justice Supperstone said there was “no evidence” to support the claim.

Dismissing the application, the judge said: “The claimant first has to establish that there is a serious issue to be tried.

“I am satisfied that the claimant falls at the first hurdle.”

He also refused permission for a judicial review of Lancashire County Council’s emergency planning procedures regarding the site, saying he was “entirely satisfied that the claim as formulated is unarguable”.