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.
The Environment Agency begins a public consultation on an environmental permit application for the coal bed methane production site at Doe Green
South Western Energy has confirmed it is pulling out of onshore gas exploration in parts of south west England.
The government has confirmed it will not allow fracking to be carried out from wells drilled at the surface of English protected areas, including National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and special wildlife sites.