An engineer who has called for stricter regulation of fracking was subjected to a public campaign to discredit him, a disciplinary investigation by his professional body has noted.
Keith Taylor MEP (second left) with opponents of oil drilling at the Horse Hill site near Horley. Photo: Office of Keith Taylor MEP Events in February 2019 and beyond about UK fracking, onshore oil and gas and campaigning.
Two scientists have said the rules on fracking-induced earth tremors could be relaxed with little risk to people.
A mining geologist has called for the suspension of fracking for gas in the main shale areas of northern England because he says the rocks contain high concentrations of toxic heavy metals.
The number of onshore oil and gas wells drilled in the UK in 2018 was a 68-year low for the industry.
Guest weekend long read: Lancashire Police tipped off benefit officials about disabled anti-fracking protesters
In this guest post, John Pring, of the Disability News Service, reports on how Lancashire police sent information to a government department about disabled anti-fracking protesters. He also investigates accusations that the force repeatedly targeted vulnerable people at protests.
People have just over a fortnight to comment on new policies that will be used to decide on shale gas and fracking schemes in Lancashire for the next 16 years.