Ministers have refused a request to overturn planning permission for expansion and long-term production at a Rathlin Energy oil and gas site in East Yorkshire.
The government has refused costs to UK Oil & Gas plc in its successful appeal over gas exploration near Dunsfold in Surrey.
The government has now missed its own deadline by two years for decisions on shale gas schemes in south Yorkshire and Cheshire.
A local Conservative councillor has urged the levelling up secretary, Michael Gove, to intervene in plans by Rathlin Energy for long-term oil production and more drilling at a site in East Yorkshire.
A decision on gas exploration plans near the Surrey village of Dunsfold is expected by June 2022.
The former Conservative leadership contender, Jeremy Hunt, said today it was “extraordinary” that the UK, with its net zero target, was even thinking about plans to drill for gas at Dunsfold in Surrey.
The decision on the Dunsfold/Loxley gas exploration site in Surrey is to be made by the communities’ secretary, Michael Gove, it was announced this afternoon.
The UK government is being urged today to withdraw from a legal challenge about the climate impacts of oil production in Surrey.
Michael Gove has replaced Robert Jenrick as secretary of state for housing, communities and local government.
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