Manchester to hear all legal challenges to Cuadrilla fracking rulings – against government wishes

 

Judges in Manchester are to hear all three legal challenges to rulings by the Secretary of State over fracking in Lancashire.

The government had wanted all the cases to be decided at one hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

But DrillOrDrop understands they are now to be considered at the High Court in Manchester because they are regarded as cases of local importance.

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Church fracking claim sparks online war

An unholy row has blown up over claims that the Church of England has given its support to fracking. The claims were made by shale support group Backing Fracking after a report into the emerging shale gas industry was drawn up by the Church’s Mission and Public Affairs Council and the Environment Working Group.

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