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Fracking guide for objectors published as Cuadrilla refused application in Lancashire

New guide published for objectors to fracking by leading environmental law firm

Fracking has become increasingly controversial

29 June 2015

Leading environmental law firm Leigh Day have launched an Objectors Guide to Fracking on the day that an application to start fracking at a site in Lancashire was rejected by councillors.

 

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An objector's guide to fracking: the planning system and High Court challenges

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The guide, published by Leigh Day with specialist input from barristers at Landmark Chambers, aims to support individuals, community groups and NGOs in objecting to planning applications for fracking (including exploratory stages) and challenging the decisions of Local Planning Authorities and other bodies in the High Court.
The process of fracking (or hydraulic fracturing) is a technique whereby a mixture of water, sand and (often, but not always) chemical additives are pumped underground at high pressure to extract gas and oil from rock, often shale.

The technique has been controversial with widespread concern about the safety of fracking and exploratory proposals.

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A fracking rig in the US

Today’s decision by Lancashire County Council to reject a bid from energy firm Cuadrilla to extract shale gas at the Little Plumpton site, between Preston and Blackpool, has been seen as a major victory for those opposing the technique.

Leigh Day’s Environment and planning litigation service (EPLS) provides legal advice to individuals and organisations wishing to challenge any decision made by a public body that may affect the environment by either a Judicial Review or Statutory Appeal to the High Court. Initial legal advice as to whether there are grounds for judicial review is free of charge.

Leigh Day is renowned for its work in Environmental law. It is one of the three firms rated in Band 1 for environmental law by the independent legal directory, Chambers and Partners.

The firm represented Frack Free Balcombe Residents Association in a Judicial Review of West Sussex County Council's decision to grant Cuadrilla temporary permission for Cuadrilla to progress exploratory exploration for shale oil and gas at Balcombe (judgment in November 2014) and has also represented protestors at Barton Moss in Lancashire.

The EPLS is run by Carol Day, who has spent 25 years in the voluntary sector working on a wide variety of environmental issues, the last 22 years as an in-house Solicitor with WWF-UK.

Ms Day said: “There is now great pressure being put on individuals and local councils from large corporations hoping to industrialise the English Countryside. This extensive guide allows people to understand how to frame objections and understand the basis on which decisions can be challenged in court.

“Much more needs to be done to ensure the safety of fracking before it is unleashed in the UK.”

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