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.
The government has agreed to two more changes to the terms covering oil exploration licences in Surrey and West Sussex, according to UK Oil & Gas Investments, the company behind the Horse Hill oil well near Gatwick.
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.
Support for fracking in the UK has fallen to its lowest level, according to a regular public opinion poll for the government.
A group opposed to Cuadrilla’s plans to frack in the Fylde area of Lancashire has reacted angrily to news that the government is offering local people money to take part in surveys about shale gas.