Fracking for shale gas can go ahead for the first time in the UK since it was linked with earthquakes in 2011. Energy firm Cuadrilla has drilled two wells at its site in Lancashire after being given the go-ahead to extract shale gas by the government in 2016. Campaigner Bob Dennett tried to prevent work starting, arguing in the High Court that Lancashire County Council failed to properly assess safety risks. But Mr Justice Supperstone said there was “no evidence” to support the claim. Cuadrilla chief executive Francis Egan said he was “delighted” and fracking would start on Saturday. The Preston New Road site has been the scene of repeated protests from environmentalists who object to hydraulic fracturing and its potential impact on the environment.
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Fracking for shale gas will start in the UK for the first time since 2011 after an environmental campaigner lost a High Court bid to block it. The energy company Cuadrilla said it hoped to start the process of forcing water, sand and chemicals down a well to shatter rock at a site beside Preston New Road in Lancashire tomorrow morning. However, high winds might mean the equipment will not be ready until Monday.
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