All the exploratory shale gas wells drilled by Cuadrilla in Lancashire had some technical difficulty and none were restored by the date set in the original planning permission. These are just two of the findings from an investigation by DrillOrDrop.com into problems at the company’s UK operations. We […]
The government cannot be trusted to regulate shale gas, according to more than 40% of people surveyed by Cardiff University. Just over 20% were confident that the government would do an adequate job.The rest didn’t know.
The government has rejected arguments for a moratorium on fracking and stricter regulation made by MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee.
A new report by the health professionals’ charity, Medact, has concluded that fracking for shale gas poses significant risks to public health. The report, published today, calls for an immediate five-year moratorium to allow for an assessment of the effects on health and the environment.
Single regulator would command public confidence, says fracking task force, but residents want a ban
The industry-funded shale gas task force has called for a single regulator for the onshore oil and gas industry to win over public confidence. But residents consulted by the task force said they just want a ban.
The Energy Minister, Matthew Hancock, has insisted UK shale gas is already strongly regulated, in response to a call for independent scrutiny of the industry.
Our digest of last month’s news about fracking, shale and onshore oil and gas developments in the UK and around the world, including: Infrastructure Bill gets royal assent and government accused of breaking promise on fracking conditions Wales imposes moratorium on fracking planning applications and government devolves oil […]
Find out how ministers replied to parliamentary questions on: How much notice and publicity is needed for hydraulic fracturing operations Who regulates any induced seismicity caused by fracking What drilling companies have told ministers about self-regulation Whether DECC applies the precautionary principle to fracking licences Whether monitoring for […]
This week the Infrastructure Bill, with its clauses on fracking, became an act. Click here for our report on the House of Lords debate on fracking amendments, the final House of Commons vote and details on what’s in the bill and reaction During the week, there were also reples […]
In the past hour, the government won the vote on its new conditions for fracking, during a debate on the Infrastructure Bill. The result was 257 to 203 in favour of the conditions, first put forward by ministers in the House of Lords on Monday.