Bunding designed to prevent pollution at Third Energy’s fracking site at Kirby Misperton was in such a poor state during part of last month that it would not contain a spill, according to a warning from the Environment Agency.
Fracking near geological faults in former coal mining areas could trigger earthquakes and should not take place without careful assessment of all available geological data, according to one of the UK’s leading experts on the subject.
Mark Robinson, Campaigns and Policy Assistant at Campaign to Protect Rural England, argues that radical changes are needed to national planning policy to prevent the threat of fracking to the countryside and the communities who live and enjoy it.
Regulations covering oil and gas developments are confusing and misleading and there are discrepancies between different agencies, a senior Surrey planner has said.
Live updates from the debate between Thirsk and Malton MP, Kevin Hollinrake, and oil and gas industry engineer, Mike Hill.
The acid debate – what the Environment Agency says about acidising oil and gas wells and how campaigners respond
The use of acid in oil and gas wells is dividing opinion across the country, particularly in southern England and parts of the East Midlands.
Paul Mobbs, of Mobbs’ Environmental Investigations and Research, reflects on a decade of inquiry into fracking for the first in an occasional series of long reads for the weekend.