Fracking commences in United Kingdom for first time since 2011, draws protests

Exploration Continues At The Preston New Road Fracking Site

A judge dismissed a high court challenge against fracking in Lancashire

It is definitely not over, it has just got serious.

Fracking at Preston New Road has been suspended for the past seven years after initial work caused a serious of seismic tremors.

Anti-fracking activists have attempted to disrupt activities at the Preston New Road site near Blackpool after Cuadrilla operations were given the go-ahead to resume by United Kingdom courts.

"There is so much more if this goes then everywhere is up for grabs, basically about the only place that won't be being drilled is under the Houses of Parliament", she added.

Ms Evans said the there was a mood of disappointment among protesters, and added: "I'm gutted really. We have already got global warming".

The work had been due to start on Saturday but was delayed by the effects of Storm Callum.

On Friday, Justice Supperstone at the High Court in London dismissed a last-minute request for an interim injunction from a campaigner to prevent this from happening. The firm was expected to begin fracking, to release shale gas, at around 8am today.

Environmental groups strongly oppose the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which involves extracting gas from rocks by breaking them up with water and chemicals at high pressure.

"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".

"Shale gas has the potential to be a new domestic energy source, enhancing our energy security and delivering economic benefits, including the creation of well-paid, quality jobs", the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said. "You can deal with climate change or you can have fracking - you can't do both". "If commercially recoverable, this will displace costly imported gas, with lower emissions, significant economic benefit and better security of energy supply to the United Kingdom".

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