Government bans new fracking in England


The Government has called a halt to fracking in England over fears it may cause earthquakes.

Cuadrilla asks for ‘additional time’ to frack in Lancashire


The fracking company Cuadrilla has written to Lancashire County Council requesting ‘additional time’ for drilling at the contested Preston New Road site.

Cuadrilla plans second fracking well in Lancashire


Fracking company Cuadrilla has announced it plans to drill a second well in Lancashire before its planning permission runs out in November. 

Whitehall launches ‘fracking’ consultation


The Government has launched a consultation on community involvement in shale gas proposals in an effort to ‘open a meaningful dialogue’.

Council pension funds invest £9bn in fracking industry


More than £9bn is being invested in the fracking indistry by council pension funds, new figures have revealed today.

Permission granted for ‘fracking’ site despite council’s opposition


A planning application to explore underground shale gas reserves in Derbyshire has been given a green light despite objections from the county council.

Tory councillors agree councils should have power over fracking plans


The majority of Tory councillors (80%) believe fracking companies should be required to submit a planning application before drilling, according to the results of a new poll.

Whitehall to consult on allowing ‘fracking’ without planning permission


The Government yesterday launched a consultation on plans to allow drilling for shale gas to go ahead without planning permission.

Fracking decisions should be made at a local level, MPs warn


Government plans to move decisions on fracking applications away from local planning authorities would be 'hugely harmful' to local democracy, MPs warn.

Whitehall launches controversial new ‘fracking’ package


The Government has launched a raft of new measures, including a £1.6m fund, to help local authorities deal with shale gas drilling applications.

Inquiry into planning guidance for fracking launched


MPs have launched an inquiry into the planning guidance for fracking provided to local authorities.

Communities to share £1bn shale gas funding


A £1b fund has been announced for communities near fracking sites to pay for extra facilities including parks, sports centres and libraries.

Campaigners win right to appeal fracking decision


Campaigners have been granted permission to appeal against the decision to allow fracking in Lancashire.

Minister rejects police pleas for help tackling anti-fracking protests


The Government has rejected a plea from the police for extra funds to help pay for policing anti-fracking protests in Lancashire.

High Court backs council over fracking decision


Fracking will be allowed to take place in North Yorkshire, after the High Court ruled the county council had acted lawfully when approving the planning application by Third Energy.

Local communities should have ‘final say’ on fracking, councils warn


The decision on whether or not to allow fracking to go ahead should be in the hands of the local communities ‘most affected’, council chiefs say.

Government overturns county's rejection of fracking scheme


The Government has overturned Lancashire County Council’s decision to refuse permission for a fracking site.

May to cut councils out of fracking funds


Theresa May has announced plans to divert money destined for local authorities from fracking and infrastructure, giving the cash directly to households instead.

Correlation between fracking and asthma attacks, study finds


Asthma sufferers who live near natural gas wells operated by the fracking industry are more at risk of attacks than those who live farther away, new research reveals.

Fracking gets green light in North Yorkshire


North Yorkshire CC has given the green light to a controversial fracking application, despite thousands of objections from residents.

Fracking causes noise pollution and road damage, scientists say


Fracking could lead to an increase in heavy-duty vehicles on the road, which could, in turn, give rise to substantial increases in noise levels, road damage, and air pollution in local areas, new research has uncovered.

Fracking, climate change and public attitudes


Given the government’s move to speed up the planning process for fracking applications, Matthew Sheppard examines the impact on local authorities and how they will need to deal with public perceptions.

Councils could lose say on fracking if decisions are too slow


Fracking decisions could be taken out of council hands if planning applications aren’t dealt with fast enough, ministers have revealed.

Fracking U-turn sparks fears of drilling in wildlife sites


A Government U-turn on pledges to protect Britain’s important wildlife locations from fracking could ‘ruin’ hundreds of conservation sites, campaigners have warned.

Lancashire rejects fracking application


Lancashire County Council has rejected a planning application to frack at Preston New Road, in an unexpected move following months of deliberation.

Legal warning over fracking issued to Lancashire councillors


Lancashire councillors have been warned the town hall risks being fined if it blocks local fracking as the move could be considered ‘unreasonable’.

Landmark Lancashire fracking decision postponed


Councillors in Lancashire have postponed a decision on giving the go ahead to a controversial plan for fracking.

Protest grows as Lancashire ponders key fracking decision


Protesters have been gathering in Preston ahead of a decision by Lancashire County Council on controversial plans for fracking.

Fracking should be approved in Lancashire, says planning officer


Fracking should go ahead at a site in Lancashire, planning officers have recommended - in a decision that could ‘set a precedent’ for the UK.

Council stalls again on key fracking decision


A landmark council decision on whether to allow fracking in Lancashire has been delayed until after the General Election.

MPs call for halt on UK fracking


An influential committee of MPs has called for a moratorium on fracking because it could hamper climate change efforts and pose significant health risks.

Labour bids to raise local power over fracking


An overhaul of fracking rules put forward by Labour could see communities handed stronger powers to assess the impact of extraction on local areas.

New fracking rights backed by Government


Kristian Scholfield explores the government's response to the latest consultation on fracking.

Parish councils should receive fracking payments says NALC


Parish and town councils should receive at least £20,000 from fracking companies, according to the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).

Government issues guidance as bidding for fracking opens


The Government today published guidance on the search for new energy sources as it opened bidding on licences to explore for onshore oil and gas.

Shale gas exploration bid turned down by West Sussex


A fracking firm’s bid to explore for gas and oil in south eastern England has been blocked by a local council.

LGA: Councils can't be 'overridden' by national fracking policy


Councils must be given final say on local fracking operations and cannot be 'short-changed' by financial benefit schemes, local authority chiefs have said.

Telling explorers to pay up or frack off


With the Government accused of 'bribing' councils to allow fracking in their communities, what issues should local authorities be aware first before agreeing to anything?

Government fracking announcement was 'overdue'


The chair of the energy and climate change committee has criticised the Government for the time taken to announce that communities will benefit from fracking.

Cameron pledges business rate boost for fracking


Councils who approve local sites for fracking will be allowed to keep all the business rates from the venture, the Prime Minister has announced.

Council leaders warn fracking should not ‘short-change’ residents


Local communities should receive 10% of the money made from fracking schemes, according to council leaders.

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