The National Trust is facing a High Court challenge likely to cost it hundreds of thousands of pounds over its refusal to allow fracking tests for shale gas on one of its country estates. The government Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has given Ineos leave to take legal action after the trust rejected repeated requests by the fracking company for permission to carry out seismic surveys in the Clumber Park estate in Nottinghamshire. Ineos has accused the trust of adopting “overly and overtly political” opposition to fracking. The company believes that billions of pounds’ worth of gas could be trapped in rocks under the 3,800-acre estate, the former country home of the Dukes of Newcastle.
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