Fracking Week in Westminster returns after the summer recess with questions and debates on fracking and onshore oil and gas
In the final week at Westminster before the parliamentary recess: Lords asked questions over changes to the planning system for fracking and community vetoes for shale gas And an MP criticised the Government for a u-turn on policy to allow fracking from Sites of Special Scientific Interest With […]
The Energy Secretary, Amber Rudd, told MPs yesterday that shale gas developers needed to make the case for fracking to local communities. During a session of the Energy and Climate Change Committee, Mrs Rudd was asked how she would “bridge the gap” between the government’s views on shale […]
Nearly 1,000 of the 3,990+ candidates standing in the general election have made a formal promise to oppose fracking in their constituencies, according to the latest figures from Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth.
Government ministers were challenged on the impacts of fracking during questions in both the House of Commons and the Lords. The pro-fracking peer, Lord Lawson, accused Lancashire County Council of trying to block shale gas development by “turning down every single application for exploratory drilling?” The chair […]
Plans to make it easier to dispose of radioactive waste underground took another step forward yesterday afternoon (25th February 2015).
Shale gas needs a rapid makeover because to the public it has become the new nuclear, according to the head of an ongoing-survey of attitudes to fracking. Professor Sarah O’Hara, of Nottingham University, told an industry conference yesterday that the turning point, when opposition began to grow to […]
The Infrastructure Bill, which included measures to make it easier for oil and gas companies to drill under private land, received its royal assent this morning. Last night, in the final debate, MPs passed a set of conditions on fracking which many believed had been watered down by […]
Friends of the Earth is accusing the government of a “dirty water u-turn” over fracking conditions.