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”

Rotherham Council rejects INEOS Shale’s drilling plans

The company had hoped to drill a single vertical core bore well at Woodsetts to explore the area

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 […]

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 […]

US awards $30m to boost shale oil and gas recovery

The US Government is providing a share of $30 million (£21.5m) for six unconventional oil and gas recovery projects. They aim to address critical gaps in the understanding of reservoir behaviour and optimal well completion strategies and advanced offshore technologies. The projects selected are in what is known as unconventional shale development, which currently each […]

Fracking ‘one of the least green energy options’

Shale gas is one of least sustainable options for producing electricity. That’s according to a new report from The University of Manchester, which ranks nine forms of electricity generation, – fracking came in at seventh. The other fuels considered were coal, nuclear, natural gas, liquefied natural gas, solar, wind, hydro and biomass. Wind and solar […]

UK Government closes fracking legal loophole

The UK Government said it has closed a loophole in legislation concerning fracking projects. Energy Minister Richard Harrington has presented a new direction, which ensures the Oil and Gas Authority consults with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on fracking operations. That means operators who wish to frack in parts of the […]

Sadiq Khan urges London councils to ban fracking

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is urging councils to set an outright ban on fracking in the capital. As part of a new policy in his draft London Plan, he says any applications for the exploration, appraisal or production of shale gas using fracking should be refused by boroughs. He adds the “harmful” process can generate […]

INEOS to deliver first US ethane from shale gas to China

INEOS is to deliver the first supply of US ethane from shale gas to China in 2019. The long term supply agreement with SP Chemicals includes the construction of a carrier ship with a capacity of 95,000 cubic meters. Known in the US as a Very Large Ethane Carrier (VLEC), it is expected to be […]