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Anti-fracking campaigners may seek a judicial review if they do not get a satisfactory response from the council

Campaigners threaten legal action over fracking decision

Campaigners have written to North Yorkshire County Council, threatening to take legal action over its decision to approve Third Energy's plans for fracking near the village of Kirby Misperton.

MPs have voted to allow fracking for shale gas 1,200m below national parks and other protected sites

MPs vote to approve fracking under national parks

MPs have voted by 298 to 261 to allow fracking to take place under national parks, despite the government previously pledging an outright ban on fracking in protected areas.

The report points out that 88% of the studies on air quality around fracking sites have shown increased levels of on-site air pollutants

Report: EU fracking guidelines fail to protect environment & citizens

Non-binding EU guidelines on shale gas exploration are "weak" and fail to protect the environment and health of citizens, a new report has claimed today (8 October).

Protesters from Don't Frack Lancashire. Photo: Friends of the Earth

Government could push through fracking applications if councils delay

Fracking planing applications that are being held up by local councils could be fast-tracked by Government, following new measures announced today by Energy Secretary Amber Rudd and Communities Secretary Greg Clark.

Only 8% of those polled by Good Energy opposed onshore wind farms

Only 8% oppose onshore wind, finds new Good Energy poll

A new survey has found overwhelming support for renewable energy coming just days after a Government poll suggested a fall in support for shale gas.

The Task Force calls for greater regulation but also for easing of planning regulations to allow onsite monitoring

'Rigorous regulation' needed to make fracking safe, says Task Force

The Task Force on Shale Gas has called on the Government to allow the drilling of boreholes without full planning consent, in a report released today (15 July).

Lancashire council has turned down the first of two applications for fracking by Cuadrilla

First Cuadrilla fracking bid rejected by Lancashire council

Lancashire County Council has turned down Cuardrilla's planning application for fracking at Roseacre Wood.

Cuadrilla is awaiting approval for two test shale gas drilling sites in Lancashire

Protesters gather as Lancashire considers fracking application

Lancashire County Council will meet later today (June 23) to consider the first bid for a UK fracking operation in four years, amid protests from green groups and campaigners.

The push to exploit shale gas in the UK has received strong backing from David Cameron and George Osborne

UK's shale gas revolution falls flat with just 11 new wells planned for 2015

The UK government's planned shale gas revolution has barely got out of the starting blocks with just 11 new exploratory wells for shale gas and oil due to be drilled this year even before the impact of plunging oil prices has fully begun to impact on the industry.

Labour proposed a ban on fracking near groundwater aquifers

Labour's proposed fracking restrictions welcomed by green groups

Friends of the Earth have welcomed a new Labour proposal to ban fracking near vital underground water stores.

More than 120 towns across the state of New York have outlawed fracking

New York state to ban fracking over 'red flags' to public health

The state of New York said it would ban the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing on Wednesday because of "red flags" about its risks to public health.

Fracking uses large volumes of water for short periods of time and as such could have negative effects on water security

Global water availability 'could limit fracking developments'

A new report that looks into the potential environmental effects of fracking has revealed that drilling and fracturing shale gas wells poses a 'significant risk' to freshwater supplies across the globe.

The several hundred-strong "No Dash for Gas - Reclaim The Power" camp has positioned itself close to one of two planned drill sites by energy firm Cuadrilla and is expected to remain for six days. File photo

Protesters occupy field near Cuadrilla's proposed fracking site in Blackpool

Protest camp set up in Fylde area as locals and campaigning groups prepare for mass action on Sunday.

Is fracking for shale gas key for the UK's long term energy mix, or is it a recipe for environmental disaster?

Will shale gas ever find its place in today's broad energy mix?

Many decades ago, Albert Einstein said that 'Everything is Energy and Energy is everything". This claim is still very true as we look at the impact of energy as a source on our modern society today.

The new round of licencing opens up around half of the UK to shale gas exploration

Government opens bidding for fracking licences while 'protecting' National Parks

The government has today (July 28) opened the bidding process for companies seeking exploration licences to extract shale oil and gas using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

The study reveals that fracking in the UK will pose a much lower risk to water supplies than it has in parts of North America

Study reveals fracking risk to drinking water

New underground maps from the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the Environment Agency (EA) have discovered that many shale gas deposits overlap with major water aquifers.

Shale gas and oil have become accessible in the last decade because of advances in the technology of fracking

Scotland shale gas and oil reserves 'modest' compared with England

Midland Valley of Scotland has up to 134.6 trillion cubic feet of shale gas below ground, according to British Geological Survey.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change has awarded three licences to Nebula Resources to begin fracking in the Irish Sea

'Fracking' for offshore shale gains traction with plans to drill Irish sea

The co-founder of shale gas firm Caudrilla is aiming to drill the world's first offshore shale gas wells.

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Safeguarding water supplies - a frack too far?

Water is the latest natural resource under threat from fracking and unless the risks are properly assessed, certain areas could face real shortfalls in supply. Maxine Perella reports

More than one in three to vote pro-wind in local elections

Supporting wind farms could help candidates win seats in local elections taking place across England tomorrow, according to new research.

Global electricity firm casts doubt over renewables future

Electricity distribution company Schneider Electric has said that in order to satisfy energy demands in the UK, the country could not rely on renewables.

Do not underestimate 'massive' water consumption in fracking process warns expert

The excessive use of water in the process of hydraulic fracturing must not be underestimated given the unpredictable nature of water in the UK, according to head of climate resilience and adaption at civil engineering firm Jacobs, Steve Thompsett.

'Eureka' moment for solution to water contamination

A scientific breakthrough might have provided a solution to the issue of water contamination, say researchers at Houston Rice University and Lomonosov Moscow State University.

Locals welcome shale exploration

A survey commissioned by the British drilling company, Cuadrilla Resources, suggests that residents in Lancashire are beginning to support the continued exploration of shale gas in their local area.

Coal due to make a global comeback

The era of coal consumption is far from over and by 2017 it will come close to surpassing oil as the world's top energy source, according to a report published today.

Consumers support expansion of renewables

Consumers believe energy companies should invest their profits in renewable energy, according to new research.

Fracking potential risk to 'fragile' UK water supply

The water industry has expressed its concerns over the Government's announcement that fracking for shale gas will resume in the UK.

Fracking gets green light as shale makes comeback in the UK

Hydraulic fracturing for shale gas will resume after the Government today lifted a ban on the practice, known as fracking.

Fracking could hinder renewable energy targets warns CIWEM

Shale gas from fracking should not be encouraged in the UK until there is evidence that operations can be delivered safely and robust regulatory controls are implemented, according to the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).

The controversial process has its fair share of critics

Review team give safety clearance to fracking process

Fracking has been declared safe in a new report, provided best practice and effective regulation are robustly enforced.

Questions raised over China's shale gas potential

China's ability to deliver on its shale gas production target of 6.5 billion cubic meters a year by 2015 has been called into question by global business analysts GlobalData.

Lord Smith ignites fracking debate

Anti-fracking campaigners have reacted angrily after Environment Agency (EA) chairman Lord Smith gave his qualified support for the controversial method of shale gas extraction, known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking in the UK.

Local residents hit back at Cuadrilla fracking plans

Oil and gas company Cuadrilla felt the wrath of furious local residents at a public meeting to discuss its proposed plans to drill test for shale gas in the Home Counties.

Fracking protest outside DECC London office last year

Home Counties fracking claim denied

Cuadrilla Resources has admitted it has licenses for the controversial process across the Home Counties, but denies it is planning work in the immediate future - with local councils refuting claims fracking permission has been granted.

Fracking 'will' cause drinking water pollution, warns DEC expert

An environmental engineering technician has warned that fracking will poison New York's water supply through contamination of its aquifers.

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