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.
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.