France's GDF Suez darts into UK shale gas

French utility giant GDF Suez has agreed to a $39 million (£24m) deal with Dart Energy to explore shale gas in the UK. The firm will pay $12 million (£7m) for a 25% share in 13 UK licenses for the Bowland shale basin in Cheshire and the East Midlands and an extra $27 million (£17m) […]

Support for fracking 'grows' in Blackpool and West Lancashire'

Support for fracking has increased in and around Blackpool near Cuadrilla Resource’s Bowland Basin license area, according to a survey commissioned by the firm. The phone poll of 500 people in Blackpool, Fylde and West Lancashire by Britain Thinks found 57% supported or strongly supported shale gas extraction, up from 50% in December 2012 and […]