By Chloe Farand, DeSmog UK. The UK government is recruiting a shale gas commissioner to “facilitate communication” with residents and promote what is sees as the benefits of a new fossil fuel industry. The position was announced days before the government gave the go-ahead for fracking to start in Lancashire.
Two consultations opened this afternoon on government proposals to fast-track decisions on shale gas developments in England.
The Welsh Government is consulting on its new policy to oppose fracking and any further oil and gas exploration.
The regulator of oil and gas licensing has begun a consultation on how it plans to assess the financial strength of companies.
The police monitoring group, Netpol, is claiming victory after senior officers agreed to a consultation on changes to guidance on policing anti-fracking protests.
The Environment Agency has re-arranged a public information meeting about Europa’s oil exploration plans in Surrey, after last week’s event was cancelled.
The Environment Agency has said it is considering granting a permit for oil exploration at the Bury Hill Wood site, near Leith Hill in Surrey. But before reaching a final decision, the organisation says it wants to consult the public.
The government is planning to change some of the questions in its public opinion survey on why people support or oppose fracking.
Third Energy seeks to extend consent for gas pipeline – campaigners fear it is not “fit for purpose”
The fracking company Third Energy is seeking to extend planning permission for a gas pipeline, which campaigners say is potentially unsafe.
INEOS second shale gas application for Marsh Lane “unnecessary burden on the public” – Derbyshire official
A senior official in Derbyshire is recommending that the county council does not deal with a second identical shale gas application from INEOS for a proposed site at the village of Marsh Lane.