ON Monday, July 31 Ineos Upstream the UK’s biggest fracking firm was granted an interim injunction against anti-fracking protesters, which seeks to prevent obstruction or interference in Ineos Shale activities, to include members of its supply chain.

The injunction may yet be challenged in court and definitions clarified as people have a legitimate right to peaceful protest under article 11 of the human rights act 1998.

However, perhaps what is more disturbing is the complicity of our government to facilitate fracking in the UK in the first place.

Many other nations around Europe have already banned the process in the light of increasing evidence of contamination to air and water and risks to public health.

In 2015 Lancashire County Council turned down planning applications to frack at a sight at Preston New Road only to find the decision overturned by secretary of state Sajid Javid without any further consultation with the local community.

In Cheshire East this week it was revealed that data on air pollution was falsified to make it look cleaner.

Cheshire East Council has confirmed deliberate and systematic manipulation took place from 2012 to 2014.

It is clear if fracking was to go ahead people would have no faith in the authorities that are there to protect us.

No wonder then that people would seek to take matters into their own hands and want to object and disrupt an un-proven, high risk industry which has the real potential to contaminate our environment and damage our health for generations to come.

Nigel Hennerley Green Party High Legh