The government published information today on what shale gas companies need to do to get final go-ahead to frack.
Views are being sought on applications for environmental permits at 14 established oil and gas sites across the UK.
A decision expected this month on plans by IGas to explore for shale gas at a second site in Nottinghamshire has been put back again.
si Cuadrilla is seeking to raise the height of the rig and the volume of noise it can make at a Lancashire shale gas site next to an internationally-important bird reserve.
The Forestry Commission is standing by its decision to allow oil exploration on its land near a popular beauty spot in the Surrey Hills.
A legal agreement required for final planning consent at Nottinghamshire’s first shale gas site has been delayed for another month.
Residents living near Cuadrilla’s fracking site in Lancashire have called for tougher action from the authorities.