Andrea Leadsom has been appointed the new business and energy secretary with responsibility for the onshore oil and gas industry. The new local government secretary, who will decide on two shale gas planning appeals, is Robert Jenrick.
An application for a licence to explore for shale gas in south west County Fermanagh has prompted questions and opposition among anti-fracking campaigners and local people.
Results from the latest government survey on fracking shows that public opposition has risen to its highest level so far and support dropped to a record low.
An anti-fracking campaign group has lodged a formal complaint against the government over a public consultation on changing the planning rules for shale gas drilling.
DrillOrDrop’s round-up of the likely action on fracking and onshore oil and gas developments in 2019
The Conservative MP whose constituency includes Cuadrilla’s fracking site has urged the government to scrap its proposals designed to speed up shale gas decisions.
The government is seeking views on whether shale gas companies should be required to consult local people before they formally submit plans for an area.