A government fund to help English councils deal with shale gas planning applications appears to have paid out just 20% of what was available.
If the UK government’s moratorium on fracking is lifted in the future, shale gas companies are likely to face an extra challenge in North Yorkshire.
The company behind plans to frack in North Yorkshire has told community representatives it is now concentrating on its conventional gas business.
Councillors in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire have unanimously opposed Third Energy’s request for another 17 years to run six gas sites and a pipeline network.
Anti-fracking campaigner Helen Chuntso reports on an investigation into the sale of Third Energy’s onshore gas business. She examines the importance of the deal for funding decommissioning – an issue now attracting cross-party political attention.
As Ineos prepares to launch its sponsorship of Britain’s leading cycling team at next week’s Tour de Yorkshire, an opponent of the company’s fracking plans reports on his own ride through the region’s shale gas licences.
Third Energy has said it will apply to extend the duration of planning permission for the KMA wellsite at Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire.