Farmers’ court bid over fracking protesters

A court injunction aims to prevent a repeat of the anti-fracking protest cmap in August.
A court injunction aims to prevent a repeat of the anti-fracking protest cmap in August.
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Farmers who were affected by an anti-fracking camp are seeking an extension of an injunction preventing trespass on their land.

Reclaim the Power protesters had set up a temporary camp on private land at Preston New Road, near Little Plumpton, in August.

Energy firm Cuadrilla, which wants to frack in Lancashire, issued a statement yesterday saying it had supported farmers in filing papers to seek an extension to an interim trespass injunction granted in August.

It said the farmers want to extend the injunction until Cuadrilla’s planning applications have been dealt with. They are also seeking a costs order. The matter is set to be heard at Manchester High Court next week.

Francis Egan, Cuadrilla CEO, said: “We hope the court will extend the interim injunction against illegal trespass on local farmland. We hope that this action will prevent any recurrence.”