The government has given some details of what would be needed to end the moratorium on fracking in England.
The number of onshore oil and gas wells drilled in the UK in 2019 was up slightly on 2018, which was a 68-year low for the industry. This year, operators spudded (began drilling) four, or possibly five wells, depending on how you count your wells.
2019 saw a Conservative government withdraw its support from fracking and introduce a moratorium on the process.
Angus Energy has outlined plans for the Saltfleetby gas site in Lincolnshire after approval of its acquisition of a 51% stake.
Cuadrilla has confirmed that it has finished the flow test on its second horizontal shale gas well at Preston New Road, near Blackpool.
The energy secretary, Andrea Leadsom, confirmed the government’s U-turn on shale gas policy in a statement to parliament today.
A public inquiry which opens tomorrow into oil plans in north Lincolnshire could see the first examination of the government moratorium on fracking.
Cuadrilla’s Australian investor has said it continues to give the shale gas company its “full support” in the face of a moratorium on fracking announced two days ago.
Environmental campaigners are calling on the government to extend its moratorium on fracking to less publicised techniques used by the oil and gas industry.
After seven years of promoting fracking, Conservative ministers have withdrawn their support and blocked the prospects of a shale gas industry.