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The process will be allowed to go ahead after Mr Justice Supperstone said there was "no evidence" to show it should have

been categorised as posing more than a medium risk.

The interim injunction was applied for by Bob Dennett, who claimed emergency planning procedures at the Preston New Road site were inadequate.

 Cuadrilla invited Sky News to mark its first commercial fracking on UK soil.
Image: Cuadrilla invited Sky News to mark its first commercial fracking on UK soil.

Earlier this month, he told Sky News: "Lancashire County Council have failed in their duty to provide adequate proof that there are procedures in place to protect the general public should there be a major incident on the fracking site."

An additional legal challenge brought by Friends of the Earth regarding regulation at the site is still being considered by the High Court.

Protesters are worried about contamination of drinking water and earthquakes
Image:Protesters are worried about contamination of drinking water and earthquakes

Jamie Peters, Friends of the Earth fracking campaigner, who was at the High Court, said: "Today's court ruling is sad news for local residents who've long fought against this dirty industry and the risks it poses to their environment and the climate.

"In a week in which the scale of action needed to stop climate chaos has dominated the headlines, it is simply wrong to be heralding the start of a new fossil-fuel industry.

The site in Lancashire has sparked protests
Image:The site in Lancashire has sparked protests

"You can have fracking or you can deal with climate change -you can't do both."

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