Landowners on the edge of the Mendip hills in Somerset have been approached by an oil and gas explorer, who wants to test for hydrocarbons.
Investigative journalist and environmental writer. Specialising in onshore oil and gas, fracking and the reaction to it.
Opposition to fracking has risen to near record levels in the latest government public attitudes survey with a big increase in concern about earthquakes. Support for fracking fell to a joint record low.
The government appears to have rejected calls by Cuadrilla for a review of the rules on earth tremors caused by fracking.
Cuadrilla has called for an urgent review of the rules on earth tremors caused by fracking after revealing that it fully fractured only two of 42 planned stages at its shale gas well near Blackpool.
Egdon Resources has confirmed that it has lodged another appeal against refusal of planning permission for long-term oil production at the Wressle site near Scunthorpe.
A government adviser has been accused of “negligent failure” for refusing to revise a report on the health impacts of fracking.
An anti-fracking campaign group has lodged a formal complaint against the government over a public consultation on changing the planning rules for shale gas drilling.