“Strong forces in Whitehall” want to take planning decisions about fracking away from local authorities, councillors in Lancashire have been warned.
UK shale gas would make only a small dent in the nation’s net imports of gas, according to a briefing by Friends of the Earth. Reducing demand and electricity decarbonisation would have a much bigger impact.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council is to decide on Rathlin Energy’s planning application for another well at West Newton in Holderness on Thursday 4th June.
The report by planning officers on Cuadrilla’s testing plans for its exploratory well at Grange Road, Singleton, has been strongly criticised by a local councillor.
Lancashire County Council has published the reasons for refusing Cuadrilla’s plans for testing and monitoring at its Grange Road site at Singleton. The decision is expected to be confirmed at a meeting of the council’s development control committee on Wednesday (20th May 2015).
The two oil companies behind an exploratory drilling site in West Sussex are suing each other in the High Court in London, according to a financial document filed in the US.
Third Energy is expected to submit its planning application to frack its well at Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire this week. Campaigners against the plans have said they were very disappointed that the company was going ahead, despite local opposition.