Plans by UK Oil & Gas to explore for oil at Arreton on the Isle of Wight should be refused because they may be a hazard to road users, highway officials have recommended.
Lorries delivering to the Horse Hill oil site in Surrey will be told not to cross the central white line of the road as they pull into the entrance.
Senior experts have signed a letter calling for a parliamentary inquiry into the health impacts of fracking.
Opponents of Cuadrilla’s shale gas operation near Blackpool dressed in hazard suits yesterday to draw attention to their concerns about emergencies on fracking sites.
Encouraging fracking is unsafe and irresponsible, according to a new report, which concludes that the biggest health threat from shale gas is its contribution to global climate change.
A government report quoted by ministers as reassurance that fracking is safe has been criticised as inadequate and its conclusions unsubstantiated and misleading.
19th August 2014 Tim Radford, of the Climate News Network, reports in this guest post on how scientists in the US have established that some chemicals used in the controversial process of fracking to extract gas and oil could represent health and environmental hazards.