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Protesters at the Preston New Road site

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The project has attracted much controversy and was opposed by local authorities, residents and environmentalists, who launched legal action to block operations. Demonstrators say they'll monitor the site around the clock.

It's been reported that two protesters from the group Reclaim the Power chained themselves in the road adjacent to the site at around 7 am on Monday morning.

The company that will go ahead with the fracking, Cuadrilla Resources, confirmed on Friday that it planned to go ahead with hydraulic fracturing operations at its Preston New Road shale gas exploration site in Lancashire on Saturday, October 13.

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Fracking protesters have said their fight has just "got serious" as the controversial process is due to get under way in Lancashire.

A spokesman for the company said: "Cuadrilla is pleased to confirm that it has started hydraulic fracturing operations at our Preston New Road shale gas exploration site".

"I feel, as somebody in my 50s now, that my generation has so badly let down future generations", she added.

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This will be the first fracking of a horizontal shale gas well since a 2011 attempt by Cuadrilla caused earth tremors, prompting protests, tighter regulations and delays.

Mr Dennett claimed Lancashire County Council's emergency response planning and procedures at the site were inadequate, but the judge ruled there was not a "serious issue" to be tried which would justify an interim order.

The process of fracking involves pumping chemicals at high pressure, deep underground, to fracture rock and release natural gas. Demonstrations "It is morally bankrupt to be heralding the start of a whole new fossil industry, when climate catastrophe awaits". "If commercially recoverable, this will displace costly imported gas, with lower emissions, significant economic benefit and better security of energy supply to the United Kingdom".

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