Anti-fracking campaigners have lost their legal challenge to a decision to allow fracking to take place in North Yorkshire reports BBC News. Third Energy was granted planning permission to extract shale gas at Kirby Misperton in Ryedale in May.
Friends of the Earth and residents had challenged North Yorkshire County Council’s decision in the High Court. Mrs Justice Lang ruled the council had acted lawfully.
Campaigners said they were “devastated” by the decision. Planners had voted 7-4 in favour of the application, despite more than 4,300 objections and only 36 representations of support.
It was the first fracking operation to be approved in England since a ban was lifted in 2012.
Campaigners had claimed in court the county council had not considered the impact on climate change and had not put provision in place for money to fund any remedial works.