The shale gas commissioner, Natascha Engel, who resigned last night, had more than twice as many appointments with business than residents, according to government records. But we won’t know what she discussed with fracking companies because she reportedly deleted emails and meeting notes.
The 16-year-old Swedish climate campaigner, Greta Thunberg, has described the UK’s support for shale gas as “irresponsible” and “beyond absurd”.
The government has confirmed that no guarantor is required to underwrite Third Energy’s commitments to frack one well a year in Ryedale, North Yorkshire, until 2022.
Cuadrilla called today for changes to the regulations on seismicity induced by fracking to take account of ground vibration.
A government adviser has been accused of “negligent failure” for refusing to revise a report on the health impacts of fracking.
The UK’s biggest shale gas licence-holder has accused the government of “shutting down shale by the backdoor” with rules on fracking-induced earth tremors.
Katja Garson, of the UK Youth Climate Coalition, reports in this guest post on a growing letter-writing campaign that urges the energy minister to ban fracking.
The government’s new shale regulator, announced last spring, has three members of staff, at a cost of £75,000, operates “virtually” and has no powers, the energy minister has said.
DrillOrDrop’s round-up of the likely action on fracking and onshore oil and gas developments in 2019
The energy minister, Claire Perry, attended most of a 95-minute meeting with the shale gas industry which she said she had dropped in on, MPs heard this evening.