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.
2018 was a year of firsts for fracking and the campaigns against it, with successes and setbacks on both sides of the argument.
Updated 21/12/2018. The National Trust has withdrawn its opposition to seismic testing by Ineos at Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire.
Planners in the South Downs National Park have issued a second order to UK Oil and Gas to restore its site at Markwells Wood within six months.
A retired academic has won a long-running legal challenge against Glasgow University which withdrew his email address and access to online journals.
Opponents of oil drilling in southern England have claimed victory after an exploration company dropped what they described as “the most draconian” clause in an injunction against protests.
The oil company, Egdon Resources, should get another three years to drill an exploration well at North Kelsey in Lincolnshire, planners have recommended.