Britain’s biggest shale gas company told officials it needed more time to carry out agreed work on a drilling licence in Greater Manchester.
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.
Weekend long read: Promises, promises. Will operators meet their drilling commitments and does it matter?
Time is running out for UK onshore oil and gas companies that were awarded exploration licences in the most recent government licensing round.
A dozen onshore oil and gas licences, including one in Scotland, have been extended even though the operators have not met commitments to drill an exploration well.
Planners in the North York Moors appealed to INEOS to abandon plans to explore for shale gas under the national park. But according to minutes of a meeting last month INEOS refused.
As Third Energy prepares to start fracking in North Yorkshire, new research warns against bringing new sources of gas into production if Europe is to meet its climate targets.
Cuadrilla vows to put “Lancashire First” but picks first fracking site contractor from Gtr Manchester
Cuadrilla is pushing ahead with plans for fracking in Lancashire with the announcement of a contract for preparation work at one of its sites. It has also made six commitments to the county – if shale gas were produced locally.