Environmental campaigners are counting on protesters and senior judges to protect hard-fought rights which they say are under threat from powerful and wealthy onshore oil and gas companies.
The campaign organisation, Friends of the Earth, has lost its legal challenge to one of key consents that allowed Cuadrilla to frack the UK’s first horizontal shale gas well.
A 74-year-old man and a 60-year-old woman become the first people to be arrested outside the Egdon Resources oil exploration site at Biscathorpe in Lincolnshire.
Six women have won the right to appeal against an injunction on direct action protests at oil sites in Sussex and Surrey.
English local councils can reject national policy on fracking if they have evidence that the process contributes to climate change, a government barrister conceded today.
The government ignored new science on the climate change impact of shale gas sites when it revised planning policy on fracking, the High Court in London heard today.
A government document that shapes planning decisions across England is unlawful, Friends of the Earth, said in a challenge today.
Fashion designer, Dame Vivienne Westwood, and her son, Joe Corre, took part in a Christmas-themed protest against government planning policy outside the Royal Courts of Justice this morning.
Updated 21/12/2018. The National Trust has withdrawn its opposition to seismic testing by Ineos at Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire.
The government is being challenged in the High Court this week over its planning policy on fracking.