A network of groups opposed to fracking near Formby has called for the scheme to be refused because of concerns about flooding, peat extraction, the green belt, noise, traffic and impacts on wildlife.
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.
Third Energy, the company behind plans to frack in North Yorkshire, has announced it now has no immediate shale gas plans.
2019 saw a Conservative government withdraw its support from fracking and introduce a moratorium on the process.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has rejected the recommendation of the Planning Inspectorate to drop an anti-fracking policy from the London Plan.
The government has followed up on its manifesto commitment to examine the system of judicial review.
Cuadrilla’s Australian investor has suggested that the shale gas company will be looking at new exploration sites next year.