The local government secretary needs more time to decide whether expansion plans at an oil site in East Yorkshire need a detailed environmental study.
Andrea Leadsom has been appointed the new business and energy secretary with responsibility for the onshore oil and gas industry. The new local government secretary, who will decide on two shale gas planning appeals, is Robert Jenrick.
Plans by IGas to test a gas well at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire are to be decided by the local government secretary.
The government has made its first public comment on the legal challenge which quashed a key section of planning policy on shale gas and fracking.
The Labour MP, Louise Haigh (left), has questioned the government about the basis of the written ministerial statement, issued earlier this month, on shale gas and fracking.
The outcome of the Roseacre Wood fracking inquiry, which ended last week, will be decided by James Brokenshire.