Ministers are considering taking fracking decisions in England out of local control and allowing shale gas exploration wells to be drilled without the need for planning applications.
Ministers said last week they were doing everything they could to promote UK onshore oil and gas production. But that’s not how it looked to the industry speaking to investors at the weekend.
A policy requiring a distance of 500m between homes and fracking sites in North Yorkshire got official backing today – but the fracking industry immediately threatened to challenge it in court.
Live updates from the Examination in Public of the Minerals and Waste Plan for North Yorkshire.
Author, fracking opponent and Green Party member, Alan Tootill, looks at how oil and gas companies have abandoned the idea of social licence for fracking and explores how campaigners against the industry could this use to their advantage.
Opponents of fracking are intensifying their campaign against the shale gas industry across northern England.
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