The new organisation created to hold government to account on the environment is seeking to contribute to a landmark legal case on the climate impact of onshore oil production.
A key document needed to allow small-scale fracking at Wressle in north Lincolnshire has not yet been approved.
2020 was a frack free year in the UK because the shale gas industry failed to persuade ministers to lift blocks on the process.
Rathlin Energy has announced plans for two new exploration sites in East Yorkshire.
Lawyers for UK Oil & Gas said five women campaigners should be barred from trying to quash an injunction against protests at its sites in Surrey and Sussex.
Local communities hold the least power in the planning process and central government and developers hold the most, according to a survey of councillors across the UK.