The shale gas company, Cuadrilla, said this morning it estimated fracking would begin between April and June this year.
Aurora Energy Resources has told residents it is planning to drill and frack two wells near the west Lancashire village of Great Altcar, on the edge of Formby.
Rathlin Energy is expected to begin work within weeks at its new oil and gas exploration site in East Yorkshire.
2017 saw drilling get underway at the site of the UK’s first horizontal shale gas wells. But, despite expectations, there was no high volume hydraulic fracturing – at least at the time of writing.
A report released this afternoon recommends approval of plans by Cuadrilla to test the flow of oil at its well in Balcombe, West Sussex.
Another eviction began early this morning to remove anti-drilling campaigners who occupied the Horse Hill oil site near Gatwick Airport. The final campaigners were removed at 5.45pm.
The leading oil exploration company in the Weald in southern England announced this morning it had taken out a £10m loan.