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Javid deferred a decision on the second site, at Roseacre Wood, to give Cuadrilla more time to provide evidence on road traffic issues

Fracking in UK given go-ahead as Lancashire council rejection overturned

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Campaigners threaten legal action over fracking decision

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Anti-fracking protesters gathered outside North Yorkshire County Council earlier today. Photo: Friends of the Earth UK

Landmark North Yorkshire fracking approval leaves green groups up in arms

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

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Government could push through fracking applications if councils delay

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In her column, Rudd claimed shale could create 60,000 new jobs in the UK and generate billions of pounds for the economy

Rudd warns councils to speed up fracking decisions

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Just 21% of 2,118 UK households supported fracking

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The appeal by Cuadrilla was widely expected after the rejection by Lancashire county council

Cuadrilla to appeal against fracking refusal by Lancashire county council

Lancashire county council faces an appeal by a leading UK shale gas company after refusing its applications to frack for shale gas in the county.

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

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Fracking could hurt house prices, health and environment, official report says

Fracking operations to extract shale gas in Britain could cause nearby house prices to fall by up to 7% and create a risk of environmental damage, according to a government report that has been published in full for the first time.

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.

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The Conservative manifesto claims the party has stayed true to it promise to be the 'greenest government ever'

Conservative manifesto: "We have been the greenest government ever"

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Fracking opponents argue that high-pressure fracturing of rocks to release gas risks health and environmental impacts and will undermine the country's climate change goals

Doctors diagnose 'serious health risks' of fracking

Doctors and other health professionals have added their weight to the campaign for an immediate moratorium on fracking in the UK as a new report from health charity Medact warns that exploratory drilling for shale gas poses a serious risk to public health.

Chris Smith chairs the taskforce on shale gas, an independent group funded by fracking companies to examine how shale gas exploration should be overseen in the UK

Lord Smith 'hugely sceptical' of fracking for shale oil in the UK

The former chief of the Environment Agency is "hugely sceptical" on the prospects of fracking for shale oil in the UK, saying it is far from clear that the process should be used to extract quantities of oil from downlands in the south-east of England.

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Shale gas should be at centre of next government's energy policy - Tim Yeo

Shale gas exploration can be environmentally sound, and should be the centrepiece of the next government's energy policy, the Conservative's most senior green-leaning MP has urged.

South Downs National Park. Horizontal drilling for shale gas will now be allowed if the well pad is outside of the park

Fracking will be allowed under national parks, MPs decide

Fracking companies will be allowed to drill horizontally under national parks and other protected areas if the wells start just outside their boundaries, after the government rowed back on its earlier acceptance of new environmental protections.

Guardian data analysis has revealed that 39.7% of England would be affected by the new bans

Fracking set to be banned from 40% of England's shale areas

Fracking is set to be banned on two-fifths of the land in England being offered for shale gas exploration by the government, according to a Guardian analysis.

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Scotland announces moratorium on fracking for shale gas

The Scottish government has announced a moratorium on all planning consents for unconventional oil and gas extraction, including fracking.

The focus of the debate will now switch to Cuadrilla and Lancashire County Council

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An anti-fracking protest outside parliament on Monday. The Tories were forced into a U-turn on fast-track fracking

Fracking u-turn: Banned in national parks, moratorium rejected

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A 267,933-strong petition urging the Prime Minister to reconsider his 'all-out' support for fracking was handed in to Downing Street. Photo: Dalziel/Greenpeace

Fracking fracas: Campaigners and MPs urge Cameron to reconsider

A mass anti-fracking petition has been delivered to Downing Street and a new survey revealing the widespread condemnation of the Government's 'all-out' support for shale has been released, ahead of the first Commons vote on fracking legislation.

Renewables create over six times as many jobs as gas per unit of power generated or saved, and around three times as many jobs per pound of investment

Fracking job claims hugely exaggerated, says Friends of the Earth

Renewable energy generates six times as many jobs as gas, says a new Friends of the Earth (FoE) report which rubbishes claims from shale-exploration firm Cuadrilla that each fracking wellpad will support 1,100 jobs.

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.

The new funding seeks to curb the environmental impact of controversial fracking technology

Government commits to 'greener' fracking with £2m fund

The Government has unveiled a new £2m fund for 19 companies across the UK to develop innovative ideas that improve the sustainability and safety of shale oil and gas.

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.

Experts disagree about the potential impact of fracking on the water supply

Report: Businesses 'surprisingly relaxed' about water impacts of fracking

Key stakeholders in the use and procurement of shale gas appear unconcerned about the potential impacts of fracking on water pollution and water resources, according to a new report from a sustainability consultancy firm.

Chancellor George Osborne concluded his Autumn Statement by proclaiming the UK is now

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Scientists turn sawdust into renewable fuel

Belgian researchers have developed a new process allowing them to turn sawdust into the building blocks for gasoline.

Lord Chris Smith, former chair of the Environment Agency, is to lead a task force assessing the impacts of fracking in the UK

Former Environment Agency head to lead industry-funded fracking task force

The risks and benefits of fracking for the UK are to be examined by a "independent" task force, led by the former head of the Environment Agency, Lord Chris Smith, and funded by shale gas companies.

Owen Paterson proposed four sweeping changes to Britain's energy policy

Owen Paterson: Current energy policy 'a slave to flawed climate action'

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The CDP Climate Performance Leadership Index 2014

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A working circular economy could be a practical solution to the planet's emerging resource problems

UK energy policy 'vital' to circular economy success, report argues

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Conservative Party Conference: Cameron ignores climate change

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Demonstrators walk in the 'People's Climate March' in Paris, September 21, 2014

Record CO2 emissions 'committing world to dangerous climate change'

Global greenhouse gas emissions on course to reach record high of over 40bn tonnes in 2014, study in Nature Geoscience says.

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.


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