A government department has refused to release reports by planning inspectors on two public inquiries into shale gas schemes in England.
Plans by IGas to drill and frack for shale gas on Ince Marshes in Cheshire appear to have been shelved.
The decisions on appeals on the IGas site at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire and Ineos plans for Woodsetts are likely to be more than six months away, it emerged today.
A High Court judge ruled this morning that the government does not have to carry out a new public consultation on its planning policy on fracking.
MPs from former mining areas are among supporters of a parliamentary motion calling for 500m gaps between fracking and ex collieries.
A further attempt was announced today to overturn ministerial decisions on fracking in Lancashire.
Last week’s decision by a government minister to reopen the planning inquiry into one of Cuadrilla’s fracking sites in Lancashire has made local people more determined to fight it, a spokesperson for the community has told DrillOrDrop.
Councillors in Lancashire have urged the local government secretary, Greg Clark, to take no part in the decision on planning appeals over fracking in the county.