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Legal challenge to fracking begins

A dairy farmer from Lancashire, with support from Greenpeace, has initiated legal proceedings against the practice of fracking in England. Greenpeace claims that landowners have a legal right to veto fracking from taking place underneath their land and property.

The dairy farmer, Andrew Pemberton, supplies milk to 3,000 households in Lancashire. He has said that he will lose his livelihood if the local water becomes contaminated as a result of fracking.

Greenpeace is also trying to create a 'legal block' with the intention of creating ‘no-go areas’ for fracking across England.

It is anticipated that the legal proceedings will be strenuously contested by firms engaged in such drilling.

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