An oil exploration licence in a remote part of the South Downs National Park has lapsed, it was confirmed this morning.
A dozen onshore oil and gas licences, including one in Scotland, have been extended even though the operators have not met commitments to drill an exploration well.
A new parliamentary group has called for evidence on how fracking could affect former coal mining areas.
The Scottish Government is being urged not to renew an Ineos shale gas licence at the end of the month.
The shale gas company, Cuadrilla, has recorded an annual profit for the first time following a multi-million dollar payment from partner, Centrica.
UK Oil and Gas predicted today it would drill two new wells next year following the extension of one of its Weald licences in southern England.
Fracking Week in Parliament 1 The Scottish Government has been urged to stop exploration for shale gas by Ineos in an area between Glasgow and Falkirk.