Pressured Lancashire councillors delay decision on key UK shale gas permit again

British officials have adjourned until Monday the process for deciding whether to grant shale gas firm Cuadrilla Resources a project planning permit in northwest England. If approved, the shale gas project at Preston New Road near Blackpool could become Britain’s first producing shale gas site, should the testing stage demonstrate commercial viability. A decision was…


Friends of the Earth’s one sided sketch of who’s who in the EU shale gas lobby

A new report (or maybe it should be called a polemic) by the Friends of the Earth Europe maps out the lobbying activity in Brussels to influence the political process around shale gas development in the European Union. The report outlines the key players involved – their targets and tactics as reported by the report’s…


UK anti-frackers say decision to allow Cuadrilla to do more exploration an ‘announcement of war’

The decision to allow Cuadrilla Resources to continue its exploratory activities in Balcombe by the county council is an ‘announcement of war’ according to villagers fighting proposals. In front of a large crowd at Horsham’s County Hall North, West Sussex County Council’s Planning Committee approved Cuadrilla’s proposal for flow testing at the Lower Stumble Exploration…