DrillOrDrop’s digest of the past month’s news about fracking, shale and onshore oil and gas developments in the UK and around the world.
The government has announced it is abolishing the Department of Energy and Climate Change, which regulates some onshore oil and gas operations.
The government has confirmed it will not allow fracking to be carried out from wells drilled at the surface of English protected areas, including National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and special wildlife sites.
Opponents of fracking throughout Sussex have written to the government objecting to any extension of an oil exploration licence recently bought by one of the companies behind the Horse Hill well near Gatwick.
More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling on ministers to publish advice on the impacts of fracking on UK climate targets.
The latest findings from an ongoing government survey show the highest level of opposition to shale gas exploitation so far.
The RSPB warned today that nearly 300 Sites of Special Scientific Interest – home to rare plants and animals – have been included in the new oil and gas licences.