The communities secretary, Michael Gove, has blocked two shale gas schemes in south Yorkshire and Cheshire. But ministers have given the go-ahead for gas drilling in Surrey.
Residents and businesses in the Ryedale area of North Yorkshire are being asked what they think about producing geothermal energy from old gas wells, including one once earmarked for fracking.
Third Energy has received a grant of £50,250 to assess the feasibility of using geothermal energy from its former gas wells to power heat networks in the Ryedale area of North Yorkshire.
The government is to provide £4.3m towards the cost of policing anti-fracking protests outside Cuadrilla’s shale gas site, Lancashire’s police and crime commissioner confirmed this afternoon.
Another report commissioned by opponents of oil exploration, has criticised plans by Europa to drill near Leith Hill in Surrey.
The Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, should not have approved Cuadrilla’s fracking plans because shale gas regulation was not good enough, the High Court heard this afternoon.
A High Court judge has granted an injunction outlawing public access to Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road, near Blackpool. But his honour Philip Raynor QC refused the company’s application to exclude from the injunction a protest area on land about 175m from the site entrance.
People living around Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road near Blackpool say they are horrified to learn that there has been no independent testing for the radioactive gas, radon.