30th July 2014 Ministers ignored the views of the vast majority of people and organisations who responded to the government consultation on new oil and gas drilling licences.
An at-a-glance view of June’s news about fracking and onshore oil and gas. For the current month’s news click here
Cuadrilla gets extension to its Balcombe exploration licence – but stands to lose neighbouring licence
5th June 2014 The Department of Energy and Climate Change has confirmed it has extended Cuadrilla’s licence for oil exploration and production in the area which includes Balcombe in West Sussex. But the company is likely to lose its licence for the adjoining area, around Heathfield and the […]
30th May 2014 This week, Cuadrilla announced it had submitted a planning application to hydraulically fracture up to four wells at one of its sites in Lancashire. But what are the company’s plans for southern England? Cuadrilla recently gained planning permission to test the oil exploration well it […]
Government plans change to trespass rules to help fracking companies – and announces more compensation
23rd May 2014 The Government has published proposals to change the trespass laws, making access easier for fracking companies. It also announced a new compensation scheme for people affected by shale gas developments
23rd May 2014 The British Geological Survey has published its report on the Weald shale report. The report, commissioned by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), says the range of shale oil in place is estimated to be between 2.20 and 8.57 billion barrels (bbl) or 293 and […]
Letter reveals Cuadrilla “had to frack Balcombe area of the Sussex Weald to be commercially productive”
8th May 2014 InvestigatingBalcombeAndCuadrilla.com has seen evidence that the oil and gas company, Cuadrilla, believed it had to frack in the Sussex Weald to be successful.
23rd April 2014 Updated figures from Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) released this month show there are 84 oil and gas wells in East and West Sussex. A few of them were drilled more than 100 years ago. Many never produced commercial quantities of hydrocarbons. But […]
28th February 2014 A freedom of information request has confirmed that Cuadrilla carried out no seismic surveys in the Balcombe area and is relying on data from the 1990s, which one geologist has said is inadequate. Last year, Cuadrilla drilled a vertical and a horizontal oil exploration well […]
7/2/14 Less than a third of people support fracking for shale gas, according to the latest survey of public attitudes commissioned by the Department for Energy and Climate Change. Just 27 per cent of the 2,110 people surveyed said they supported “extracting shale gas to generate the UK’s […]