A UK court ruled on Tuesday that a fracking project in the northern part of the country can move ahead following a challenge from an environmentalist group.

According to the BBC, a High Court ruled that Third Energy can move forward with plans to drill for shale gas at Kirby Misperton in Ryedale.

Local officials had previously granted Third Energy permission to drill in the area last May.

The company’s permit had been challenged by Friends of the Earth, a non-governmental environmental organization.

In a statement given to the Yorkshire Post, the North Yorkshire County Council said “it followed a statutory process, and the High Court has found that we followed it correctly and has rejected the issues raised by Friends of the Earth.”

The project will mark the first time since 2012 that a hydraulic fracturing operation will move forward in England, the BBC said.

Third Energy chief executive Rasik Valand said he is “confident that we will prove to the local community that their elected representatives were right to grant this permission.”

The company is planning to perform test fracs at the existing KM8 well in Ryedale.

The tests will help the company determine whether gas can be produced from deeper and tighter rock formations at the Kirby Misperton site.

Third Energy said it is “well on its way to satisfying” 40 conditions placed on the project by the North Yorkshire County Council.

Third Energy has not disclosed a timeline for its KM8 test frac project.


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