Residents in the West Sussex village of Balcombe are preparing for the first activity at an exploratory oil site for five years.
The Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, has refused to renew a lease of land for oil drilling in Surrey because of the damage it could do to ancient woodland.
The Environment Agency announced this afternoon it had granted a new permit for the oil exploration site at Balcombe in West Sussex.
Permit breaches at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road fracking site have risen to at least six, online publication of a report has confirmed.
Opponents of an unauthorised oil well drilled at Brockham in Surrey were visibly shocked by a vote to grant retrospective planning permission today.
Europa Oil and Gas is seeking more time to drill and test a well at its exploration site near Leith Hill in Surrey.
A resident’s group in Surrey has discovered a loophole in oil and gas regulations that allow some wells to be stimulated or used for reinjection without specific controls.
Campaigners against fracking in Lancashire have said they are disappointed to hear there will no further groundwater monitoring at two of Cuadrilla’s former shale gas sites.
Bunding designed to prevent pollution at Third Energy’s fracking site at Kirby Misperton was in such a poor state during part of last month that it would not contain a spill, according to a warning from the Environment Agency.
Angus Energy has said the Oil & Gas Authority has approved its application to operate the Balcombe exploration licence, taking over from Cuadrilla.