Two of the UK’s leading shale gas companies have been given another four years to drill an exploration well in the Chester area to meet their commitments to the Government.
Fracking near geological faults in former coal mining areas could trigger earthquakes and should not take place without careful assessment of all available geological data, according to one of the UK’s leading experts on the subject.
The shale gas company, Cuadrilla, said this morning it estimated fracking would begin between April and June this year.
A decision on plans for a second shale gas exploration site in Nottinghamshire has been delayed again.
IGas has reduced by nearly 1.5km the maximum depth of its proposed shale gas well at Tinker Lane in north Nottinghamshire.
IGas gave details today of its shale gas plans for the next year, along with conventional drilling in a national park.
A public consultation is underway into IGas’s application for an environmental permit to drill for shale gas at a site at Misson in north Nottinghamshire. But a decision on the planning application for the scheme to drill two exploratory wells at land off Springs Road faces a delay.