Cuadrilla drills first UK shale well in Lancashire

The company plans to apply for consent to start fracking at the completed well in the “very near future”

‘UK must boost fracking to reduce reliance on Russian energy’

A climate group says the UK must avoid becoming too reliant on foreign imports for its gas supply

GIB ‘failed to live up to its ambitions’

More than 70 green groups, scientists, academics and fashion designers have written to the PM urging an end to fracking in the UK

Third Energy delays Yorkshire fracking plans

The company has removed additional “key equipment” from the site at Kirby Misperton

Fashion v Fracking

  British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood returned to the “runway” against fracking firm INEOS today. She was joined by other activists and models to protest against INEOS’ fracking operations, with placards reading “fracking climate chaos” and “frack off INEOS”. Last year, INEOS won an injunction against protesters, prohibiting unlawful activities such as trespass or obstruction […]

Derbyshire planning committee opposes INEOS Shale’s tests for fracking

Derbyshire County Council’s planning committee has voted to oppose INEOS Shale’s plans to carry out tests for potential fracking in Marsh Lane. They rejected the recommendation of the council’s planning officers that an application by INEOS would be acceptable if “strict planning controls” are put in place. INEOS Shale intends to erect a drilling rig […]

Fracking equipment removed during inquiry into Third Energy’s finances

A company planning a fracking operation in North Yorkshire is removing some of the equipment from its site. Third Energy was planning to undertake fracking tests at the KM8 well at Kirby Misperton but it was held up as it waited for the final green light from the government. Last month, Business and Energy Secretary […]

California sues Trump over rollback of fracking rules

California’s attorney general said the state has filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration over its decision to repeal fracking rules. The US Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) 2015 fracking legislation required companies to provide data on chemicals used in fracking and to take steps to prevent leakage from oil and gas wells on federally-owned […]

UK to check fracking firms’ finances before approval

The UK Government is considering financial checks of companies proposing to carry out fracking before giving the go ahead for those projects. Energy Secretary Greg Clark said the financial resilience of firms should be carried out so stakeholders have confidence in their ability to meet commitments. Third Energy has therefore not received consent yet to frack […]

Council rejects Cuadrilla’s fracking traffic plans

Lancashire County Council has unanimously voted to reject Cuadrilla’s traffic proposals for its Roseacre Wood exploratory fracking site. The committee will now submit evidence against Cuadrilla at the Public Inquiry regarding the site in April. Councillors stated all three proposed routes were unsafe and unsuitable for large trucks to use, with one saying he was […]