The government has made its first public comment on the legal challenge which quashed a key section of planning policy on shale gas and fracking.
A High Court judge ruled this morning that the government does not have to carry out a new public consultation on its planning policy on fracking.
Lancashire Police has said its operations at Cuadrilla’s fracking site near Blackpool will cost an extra £450,000 a month.
Two rallies against fracking today attracted hundreds of campaigners from across the country.
The Prime Minister has intervened in proposals for a shale wealth fund to include an option to make direct payments to people affected by fracking.
The government has been accused of attacking democracy and privately contradicting public statements, following publication at the weekend of a leaked letter on fracking policy.
Opponents of fracking in Lancashire have again called for a moratorium – this time after heavy rain flooded land in areas earmarked for shale gas exploration.