Fracking firm drops two UK drilling plans

A shale gas company has said it won’t appeal after it was refused permission to explore for oil and gas at two sites in West Sussex. Celtique Energie had put forward planning applications to drill wells at Fernhurst and Wisborough Green but were rejected by officials last year. The company said the recent changes to […]

Fracking firm’s national park drilling plans rejected

A fracking company’s proposals to explore for shale oil and gas in South Downs National Park has been rejected. Celtique Energie had submitted an application for the installation of a well and associated infrastructure, including access road for a temporary period of three years. The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) however refused planning permission […]

Shale gas exploration bid ‘should be refused’

A company’s bid to explore for oil and gas in a national park near West Sussex should be turned down, planning officials have recommended. Celtique Energie has put forward a planning application for a site near Fernhurst in the South Downs National Park to drill a vertical well to test for oil and gas. Officers […]

Landowners begin legal challenge to fracking

Landowners in Sussex have mounted a legal challenge to fracking in the South Downs – before it has even begun. Oil and gas company Celtique Energie has applied for planning permission to drill for shale gas near the national park. Lawyers acting on behalf of residents near the village of Fernhurst have written to Celtique […]