The energy minister, Claire Perry, has described shale gas as “entirely consistent” with UK measures to a low-carbon future.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has changed its policy on fracking and called for a moratorium unless shale gas extraction secures “radical reductions” in carbon emissions.
The government misled parliament and the public over the climate change impacts of shale gas, according to new research. It suggests that ministers may even have breached their code of conduct by giving MPs inaccurate information.
There are two more days left to comment on future planning policy for oil and gas exploration and production in West Sussex and the South Downs National Park.
A government energy minister has declined to give details of the acceptable level of fugitive emissions from fracking wells in the UK.
The companies behind the Horse Hill oil well in Surrey, nick-named the Gatwick Gusher, announced details today of its plans for two new wells and more testing at the site.
Shale gas development on a significant scale is inconsistent with UK carbon budgets unless three conditions are met, according to long-awaited advice to government.