The oil company, Egdon Resources, should get another three years to drill an exploration well at North Kelsey in Lincolnshire, planners have recommended.
Five women were arrested in the past week in protests outside the IGas shale gas exploration site at Misson in north Nottinghamshire.
Rathlin Energy is expected to begin work within weeks at its new oil and gas exploration site in East Yorkshire.
A Nottinghamshire oil site has run out of time to drill any wells, even though it has been granted five consecutive planning consents.
IGas expects to submit a new planning application in north west England by the end of the year and to begin construction soon at its East Midlands shale gas sites.
A decision expected this month on plans by IGas to explore for shale gas at a second site in Nottinghamshire has been put back again.
The oil and chemicals firm INEOS has revealed details of what could be its first shale gas site in the UK.