Some politicians, campaign groups and residents have reacted with anger at the official lifting of the moratorium on fracking in England. But two leading shale gas companies have welcomed today’s announcement.
Government says people living near fracking sites should tolerate more risk and disturbance in the national interest
The UK government formally lifted the moratorium on fracking in England this morning.
A council which backed fracking nearly six years ago has adopted new planning rules that could restrict proposals for the controversial process.
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Hundreds of tonnes of climate-warming methane is being released into the atmosphere by the UK’s longest continuously producing onshore oil well, despite curbs ordered by the environmental regulator.
Researchers have discovered significant emissions of methane, the powerful and invisible greenhouse gas, at onshore oil sites across England.
The would-be fracking company, IGas, has announced an agreement with CeraPhi Energy to develop geothermal energy projects using existing oil and gas wells.
Key figures Barrels per day (bopd): 13,855Mar 2021 14,194 bopdFeb 2021 14,491 bopdJan 2021 14,794 bopd
Key figures Barrels per day (bopd): 14,194(February 2021 14,491 bopd, January 2021 14,794 bopd)
A temporary injunction against protests granted to an oil company could be made permanent within weeks – but in a radically-reduced form from the original.