The UK shale gas industry has upgraded production estimates by more than 70% following early results from two sites.
People living near Newdigate in Surrey reported feeling another earth tremor this evening.
The pro-fracking former Labour MP, Natascha Engel, is the new commissioner for shale gas, the government announced this afternoon.
Senior experts have signed a letter calling for a parliamentary inquiry into the health impacts of fracking.
Moving decisions on fracking plans to a national level contradicts the principles of localism and would probably exacerbate mistrust between communities and the industry, MPs said today.
The leading partner behind the Horse Hill exploration site in Surrey has confirmed that operations have begun to test the flow of oil.
Government proposals to take shale gas decisions out of the local planning system could result in a “one-size-fits all” approach with unrestricted drilling and fracking, a new parliamentary group has been told.