Plans by IGas to drill and frack for shale gas on Ince Marshes in Cheshire appear to have been shelved.
Ineos has withdrawn the long-running planning application for coalbed methane extraction at Airth in Falkirk. Opponents of the scheme for 22 new wells and 14 new sites described the decision as “fantastic news”.
The UK’s first public inquiry on the impact of an onshore gas site on climate change gets underway this morning.
A mining geologist has called for the suspension of fracking for gas in the main shale areas of northern England because he says the rocks contain high concentrations of toxic heavy metals.
The Welsh government restated its commitment today to moving away from fossil fuel extraction and consumption.
IGas has given up an exploration licence south of Chester.
Dart Energy’s appeal for an exploratory coalbed methane borehole at Dudleston Heath near Ellesmere in Shropshire has been downgraded from a public inquiry to hearing.
Four National Parks identified as suitable for fracking attract millions of visitors, who spend nearly £2bn a year.