DrillOrDrop’s digest of the past month’s news about fracking, shale and onshore oil and gas developments in the UK and around the world.
Opponents of fracking throughout Sussex have written to the government objecting to any extension of an oil exploration licence recently bought by one of the companies behind the Horse Hill well near Gatwick.
Updated: Cuadrilla says government rule change means it will keep most of Lancashire exploration licence
Cuadrilla has confirmed that it will not be returning 50% of the area of its exploration licence in Lancashire as had been expected when the first term expires at the end of this month.
Oil and gas companies operating more than 40 onshore oil and gas licences face losing at least part of their acreage at the end of this month.
The government’s consultation about how new oil and gas licences may affect the UK’s most important sites for wildlife appears to breach good practice guidelines – and has been criticised by a leading nature conservation organisation.
What is it? The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has taken over some regulatory functions from the Department of Energy and Climate Change for the onshore and offshore oil and gas industry in the UK.