LONDON Dec 20 Britain's High Court ruled on
Tuesday that a local government's shale gas fracking permit
award to developer Third Energy was legal, claimants Friends of
the Earth said in a statement.
"The High Court has ruled that fracking can go ahead in
beautiful Yorkshire," said Donna Hume, campaigner for Friends of
the Earth, an environmental group that had challenged the permit
awarded in May.
North Yorkshire County Council was the first local authority
to grant a shale gas fracking permit since a moratorium was
lifted in 2012.
Other British shale gas developers include IGas,
Egdon Resources and INEOS.
(Reporting by Karolin Schaps, editing by Louise Heavens)