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    The UK High Court ruled Tuesday that fracking could go ahead in a site in North Yorkshire following a case of environmentalist groups against it, local media reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) According to The Guardian newspaper, Friends of the Earth and Frack Free Ryedale argued that the local council had failed to take into account the impact burning gas could have on the environment.

    Mrs Justice Lang of the High Court sided with the North Yorkshire county council, the media outlet reported. The ruling means that the Third Energy company may now use hydraulic fracturing to extract shale gas at the village of Kirby Misperton.

    Third Energy filed an application to frack at the site in July 2015. The council approved it in May.

    Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, involves injecting a mixture of toxic chemicals into the ground at high pressure. The method is heavily criticized for the associated environmental risks and its potential to trigger tremors.


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