Scottish government officials are suggesting that an inquiry into drilling for coal bed methane that closed six years ago should re-open.
Summary of recent activity and expected operations at key sites, including applications, decisions, company plans and licence changes.
A formal complaint has been made to Cheshire Police against the exploration company, IGas, over the eviction of a protest camp from land earmarked for drilling.
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.
The exploration company, IGas, has been accused of wasting public money by appealing against the refusal of planning permission to test its well at Ellesmere Port.
IGas has defended its well at Ellesmere Port against allegations that it was more than 1,000m deeper than had been approved in the planning permission.
Council officials are investigating how a gas well in Cheshire was drilled to a depth more than double that referred to in the planning consent.