Angus Energy has said the Oil & Gas Authority has approved its application to operate the Balcombe exploration licence, taking over from Cuadrilla.
Angus Energy announced this morning it would be producing oil from four wells in the Weald in southern England in the first three months of this year.
Villagers opposed to drilling for oil in a remote part of the South Downs have accused regulators of a lack of robustness in handling the licence near their homes.
The number of onshore oil and gas wells drilled in the UK in 2017 was another 50-year low for the industry.
Updated 26 October 2017 with statement from Oil & Gas Authority and 17 November 2017 with document released by Surrey County Council Angus Energy has announced it will submit a planning application for a disputed oil well drilled in January this year.
The Environment Agency announced this afternoon it has approved Third Energy’s hydraulic fracturing plan for the Kirby Misperton site in North Yorkshire.
People living in two areas licensed to INEOS for shale gas exploration have been invited to meet the organisations responsible for regulating the fracking industry.