Two consultations opened this afternoon on government proposals to fast-track decisions on shale gas developments in England.
The UK’s biggest shale gas licence-holder declared a loss of more than £10m for 2017.
MPs from former mining areas are among supporters of a parliamentary motion calling for 500m gaps between fracking and ex collieries.
Five women were arrested in the past week in protests outside the IGas shale gas exploration site at Misson in north Nottinghamshire.
IGas declared a profit of £15.5m in 2017, after two previous years of loss.
The Bolsolver MP, Dennis Skinner, told several hundred anti-fracking campaigners at a rally in Derbyshire that the Labour Party was behind them.
IGas has confirmed the first shale gas well it plans to drill in north Nottingham will be at the Springs Road site at Misson. Drilling was expected to start in mid 2018.