Conservative and Labour MPs in Lancashire have written to the business secretary, Greg Clark, demanding action following a series of tremors linked to Cuadrilla’s fracking operation near Blackpool.
The company behind fracking plans at Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire is again overdue with its annual accounts. It has also increased its loan from Barclays by £1.5m.
Government proposals to make changes to the planning rules for shale gas and fracking are to come under scrutiny at a meeting of MPs next month.
A Conservative-led council which could see the first frack in North Yorkshire has overwhelming rejected government proposals to change planning policy for shale gas exploration.
Most of the notes about a recent meeting between a minister and the shale gas industry have been redacted “in the public interest” or because they contained confidential information, a government department has said.
For the first time since 2013, a quarterly public attitudes survey for the government has not asked questions on whether people support or oppose fracking.
Government shale gas planning changes a “sad blow to public engagement” – Conservative council leader
The leader of Conservative-controlled Derbyshire County Council has said government plans designed to fast-track shale gas will cut local authorities out of decisions with the biggest impact on communities.