Fracking shale gas ‘causing atmospheric methane levels to spike’

Researchers at Cornell University believe rising levels of the potent greenhouse gas are linked to emissions from the shale oil and natural gas industry

Fracking debate deadlock ‘likely to continue as neither side makes compelling case’

Researchers from the University of Sussex note arguments put forward by both supporters and protestors of fracking are both theoretical, extrapolated and easily undermined

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Could seismic limits mean INEOS steps away from UK fracking?

In a meeting with the Oil & Gas Authority late last year, INEOS called for rules governing the shale gas industry to be relaxed

IEA: China to drive global gas demand growth

The nation is forecast to be the largest natural gas importer by 2019

INEOS fights back against Scottish fracking ban

INEOS Shale has lodged a petition for judicial review of the Scottish Government’s decision to ban fracking by introducing a planning policy of “no support.” The firm argues the ban is unlawful and believes there were serious errors within the decision-making process, including failure to adhere to proper processes and a misuse of power. It […]

US ‘poised to become world’s largest oil producer’

The US is poised to become the world’s biggest oil producer, overtaking Russia and Saudi Arabia. That’s the prediction from research firm Rystad Energy, which suggests increased shale oil output from fracking could ramp up US domestic crude production by as much as a tenth in 2018. It says this would bring the nation’s total […]

World Bank forecasts higher oil price in 2018

The price of oil is forecast to increase to $56 (£42.8) a barrel next year. The $3 (£2.3) a barrel increase is a result of steadily growing demand, agreed production cuts among oil exporters and stabilising shale production in the US, according to the World Bank. The forecast is however a small downward revision from […]

Renewed injunction blocks anti-fracking activists

The High Court has renewed injunctions stopping activists from disrupting INEOS Shale’s staff, sites and supply chain. The rules continue to prohibit unlawful acts by protestors including trespass, harassment and obstruction of business. The outlawed activities include popular actions among environmental activists such as slow walks and lock-ons. Shale activists challenged the injunctions but the […]

Divestment protest kicks off at fracking facility

Environmentalists have today staged a protest at the gates of a controversial fracking site in Lancashire. Local community members and environmental campaigners met outside the gate of Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road facility, which is intended to be home to the first full-scale fracking operation in the UK. The action marks the start of the Global Divestment Mobilisation, a global wave […]

Oil price sinks to five-month low

The price of oil has fallen dramatically, hitting its lowest level since November 2016. According to analysts, Brent crude fell to $47.49 (£36.7) a barrel, while US crude dropped to $44.58 (£34) a barrel yesterday although there has been some recovery today. Oil price has been falling since the start of the year despite OPEC’s […]