A government department has refused to release reports by planning inspectors on two public inquiries into shale gas schemes in England.
The result of an appeal by IGas over plans to test a shale gas well at Ellesmere Port has been delayed.
The government has delayed the result of the planning appeal over Ineos shale gas plans in the south Yorkshire village of Woodsetts.
Local authorities in England have been given new powers from tomorrow to hold meetings, including planning committees, by video or telephone conferencing.
The cabinet minister who announced the moratorium on fracking last year has been sacked in today’s reshuffle.
Decisions on shale gas schemes at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire and Woodsetts in South Yorkshire will be issued within the next three months, the Planning Inspectorate has announced.
Andrea Leadsom has been appointed the new business and energy secretary with responsibility for the onshore oil and gas industry. The new local government secretary, who will decide on two shale gas planning appeals, is Robert Jenrick.