Anti-fracking campaigners win appeal against Ineos protest injunction

Anti-fracking campaigns have won a legal challenge to an injunction granted to the shale gas company, Ineos Upstream.

Three law lords this morning granted an appeal brought by Joe Corre and Joe Boyd.

In a reserved judgement, Lord Justice Longmore, Lord Justice David Richards and Lord Justice Leggatt ruled that sections of the injunction, first granted in July 2017, were unlawful.

The case could have implications for similar, injunctions granted to four more oil and gas companies.

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DRILLING HEADLINES & EVENTS DIARY APRIL

WITH THANKS TO RUTH AT DRILL OR DROP

Top headlines this month

  • Confidential records reveal limitations of Cuadrilla’s Lancashire fracking operation (1/4/2019)
  • Arrests at “fossil fools” day protest at IGas Misson site (1/4/2019)

DRILLING HEADLINES

Events in April 2019 and beyond about UK fracking, onshore oil and gas and campaigning

  • Seminar on next steps for unconventional oil and gas in the UK
  • Ruling in appeal against Ineos injunction
  • Parliamentary meeting on seismicity regulations
  • UKOG and Union Jack annual general meetings
  • Fossil fools day street party
  • Groundswell climate change event
  • Fundraisers
  • Campaign planning

APRIL EVENTS

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Confidential records reveal limitations of Cuadrilla’s Lancashire fracking operation

Two-thirds of the UK’s first horizontal shale gas well was not fracked during a nine-week operation last autumn, according to reports that the company, Cuadrilla, tried to keep secret.

The documents reveal that the Preston New Road site near Blackpool experienced mechanical problems and lost equipment.

They show that quantities of frack fluid used in the operation were too low to qualify for the legal definition of associated hydraulic fracturing. They also confirm for the first time that a majority of earth tremors around the site were on days when fracking was carried out.

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