A judge at the High Court in London has granted an interim injunction to IGas for sites in the East Midlands and Cheshire.
The first shale gas exploration scheme in Derbyshire has been approved.
The company behind oil exploration near Leith Hill in Surrey has submitted three new planning applications for the site.
Opponents of an unauthorised oil well drilled at Brockham in Surrey were visibly shocked by a vote to grant retrospective planning permission today.
A group of senior geologists has called for an immediate moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the area of Surrey affected by 12 earthquakes in the past four months.
The shale gas company, Cuadrilla, announced this afternoon it had applied to the government for consent to frack its second horizontal well at its Preston New Road site near Blackpool.
A survey out today has found that 80% of Conservative councillors in areas where fracking companies have a licence to explore for shale gas believe that planning applications should be required before drilling.