The shale gas commissioner, Natascha Engel, who resigned last night, had more than twice as many appointments with business than residents, according to government records. But we won’t know what she discussed with fracking companies because she reportedly deleted emails and meeting notes.
Two scientists have said the rules on fracking-induced earth tremors could be relaxed with little risk to people.
The government may relax regulations designed to prevent earthquakes caused by fracking, according to comments by the energy minister, Claire Perry.
Campaigners assemble model rig outside government department in protest at shale gas planning changes
Opponents of government plans to fast-track shale gas exploration assembled a 4m model drilling rig in Westminster this morning.
Cuadrilla has announced it expects to begin fracking near Blackpool in the next week.
The Oscar-winning actor, Emma Thompson, visited Cuadrilla’s shale gas site near Blackpool today for a regular protest by local women.
Our review of 2017 reaches May, with protests near Blackpool, Chesterfield, Dorking and Edinburgh, plus the arrival of equipment at a drilling site in West Sussex.