The Conservatives have made big gains in the county council elections in areas in the frontline of fracking for shale gas.
Opponents of shale gas in the west country are celebrating a series of recent council votes against fracking. In the past fortnight, Conservative-controlled Gloucestershire and Herefordshire County Councils have backed anti-fracking motions while Forest of Dean District and Watchet Town Councils have declared themselves Frack Free Zones.
Councillors in Gloucestershire have supported a motion repeating their opposition to fracking in the county. They also condemned individual payments to people in fracking areas and calling for a review of Government policy on the issue.
Barnsley anti-fracking campaigners call for changes to minerals plan An anti-fracking group has called on Barnsley to take an impartial approach to shale gas in its planning policy and to host a public meeting on unconventional oil and gas.
In this special Fracking Week in Westminster: Kevin Hollinrake asks about community benefits from fracking Peter Aldous calls for realism over onshore shale In the Scottish Parliament, Labour and the SNP clash over INEOS and Scotland’s fracking moratorium
Conservative-controlled Trafford Council voted overwhelmingly last night to reaffirm its opposition to fracking until it is proved to be safe.
Guest Post by by Laurence Williams A public inquiry gets underway in five weeks’ time to hear Cuadrilla’s appeals against the refusals of planning permission to frack at two sites in Lancashire. A planning inspector wil chair the inquiry, now expected to last up to 20 days. But the […]
Fracking sites should be at least a mile from the nearest home, according to the Conservative MP whose North Yorkshire constituency is on the shale gas front line.
Map credit: UKOGL interactive map (Blue areas are new licenced blocks within the constituency, pink areas are currently licenced) The Thirsk and Malton area of North Yorkshire could become the drilling capital of the UK following the release of new oil and gas licences. But its MP has […]
We look at results from constituencies with a special interest in fracking or oil and gas exploration. We also review what happened to MPs who voted in parliament for a fracking moratorium earlier this year.