A former Conservative parliamentary candidate and leading establishment figure has condemned the Tory manifesto pledges in support of fracking.
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In a brief court hearing at 9.30 this morning, the High Court judge Sir Ian Dove dismissed two legal challenges to the ministerial approval of Cuadrilla’s plans for fracking at a site in Lancashire.
Cuadrilla is seeking to raise the height of the rig and the volume of noise it can make at a Lancashire shale gas site next to an internationally-important bird reserve.
West Sussex has a last chance next month to strengthen controls on the use of acid in oil and gas operations.
A community group has begun a legal challenge to the Government’s decision to grant planning permission for fracking at a site in Lancashire.
Planners have recommended approval of the first shale gas exploration plans in Nottinghamshire.
Councillors are being recommended to approve plans to produce gas at a site in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, despite predicted harm to the landscape and in breach of several planning policies.
Environmental campaigners in West Sussex are calling for changes to a draft policy for future oil and gas development because they say it fails to include measures to tackle climate change.
On Friday (20 May) councillors in North Yorkshire will meet to decide whether to approve what could be the UK’s first fracked shale gas well for more than five years.