Campaigners had wanted the court to rule the county council had acted unlawfully [Image: BBC].

This is a bitter blow against the British environment.

The BBC report says campaigners had claimed in court the county council had not considered the impact on climate change and had not put provision in place for money to fund any remedial works.

The judge said councillors had, in fact, discussed climate change. But there’s nothing in the report about funding for remedial works.

They will be needed. Who will pay?

Anti-fracking campaigners have lost their legal challenge to a decision to allow fracking to take place in North Yorkshire.

Third Energy was granted planning permission to extract shale gas at Kirby Misperton in Ryedale in May.

Friends of the Earth and residents had challenged North Yorkshire County Council’s decision in the High Court.

Mrs Justice Lang ruled the council had acted lawfully. Campaigners said they were “devastated” by the decision.

Source: High Court rules fracking can go ahead in North Yorkshire – BBC News

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