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  • Big setback for fracking industry
    Big setback for fracking industry Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Prospects for the shale gas industry in the UK have suffered a setback after county councillors voted against plans for exploratory fracking. More »

  • UK officials block key shale gas project in blow to industry
    UK officials block key shale gas project in blow to industry Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    By Karolin Schaps and Susanna Twidale LONDON (Reuters) - British local government officials rejected a fracking project in northwest England on Monday, dealing a blow to Britain's shale gas sector that is supported by Prime Minister David Cameron's government. Officials at Lancashire County Council spurned a planning application lodged by Cuadrilla Resources, saying the project would have an unacceptable visual and noise impact. The unexpected refusal came four days after the same officials rejected another Cuadrilla shale gas application, showing the strength of local opposition to unconventional gas production. More »

  • Fracking Plans For Lancashire Are Rejected
    Fracking Plans For Lancashire Are Rejected Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Plans by Cuadrilla to frack for shale gas in Lancashire have been rejected by county councillors. The company had been seeking permission for exploratory drilling and fracking in Little Plumpton, between Preston and Blackpool. However, members of Lancashire County Council's development control committee voted 10-4 to reject the application. More »

  • Blow to fracking as drilling plans rejected
    Blow to fracking as drilling plans rejected Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Britain's hopes of expanding its shale gas industry suffered a blow Monday when local authorities rejected plans for an exploratory fracking site in northwest England following protests. More »

  • Sitdown Sunday: Meet the Mormon gay men married to women
    Sitdown Sunday: Meet the Mormon gay men married to women Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    The very best of the week’s writing from around the web. More »

  • British officials reject key shale gas fracking application
    British officials reject key shale gas fracking application Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    British officials on Thursday rejected a Cuadrilla Resources application for shale gas fracking in northwest England, a landmark decision that is likely to deter potential investors in Britain's nascent shale gas industry. The company's project at Roseacre Wood near Blackpool could have become one of Britain's first shale gas production sites, but the permit refusal demonstrates the continuing difficulties shale exploration companies face in overcoming local opposition. Officials at Lancashire County Council rejected Cuadrilla's permit application to hydraulically fracture at the site on the basis that the work would create too much traffic. More »

  • UK officials delay decision on key shale gas permit again Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    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. A decision was expected on Wednesday, but councillors at the Lancashire County Council decided to gather additional legal advice and deferred a vote until next week. More »

  • Lancashire fracking decision delay
    Lancashire fracking decision delay Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Councillors have deferred a decision on a planning application to frack for shale gas in Lancashire until next Monday. More »

  • Protests Ahead Of Lancashire Fracking Vote
    Protests Ahead Of Lancashire Fracking Vote Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Hundreds of people have been demonstrating in Lancashire as they await a decision on the future of two proposed shale gas exploration sites. Earlier this year Preston Council planning officers recommended approval of fracking at one site, Preston New Road. They opposed a second site, at Roseacre Wood, but only on traffic issues, not because of any health or pollution concerns from fracking itself. More »

  • UK officials delay shale permit decision to Wednesday Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    British officials have adjourned until Wednesday the process for deciding on whether to grant shale gas firm Cuadrilla a project planning permit in northwest England. Officials at Lancashire County Council deferred a decision to Wednesday as they ran out of time whilst hearing evidence that included testimonials from local residents and businesses. The officials will decide whether to grant a second shale gas planning application submitted by Cuadrilla on Thursday. More »

  • Councillors urged to 'be brave'
    Councillors urged to 'be brave' Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Residents living near a proposed fracking site have urged councillors to "be brave" and refuse to give it the go-ahead. More »

  • End of wind subsidy 'bad for bills'
    End of wind subsidy 'bad for bills' Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Plans to end subsidies for new onshore wind farms will push up energy bills, the Government has been warned. More »

  • Full fracking report to be printed
    Full fracking report to be printed Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    The Government has been ordered to publish in full a heavily-redacted report on the impacts of fracking. More »

  • Insight - Small U.S. frackers face extinction amid drilling drought
    Insight - Small U.S. frackers face extinction amid drilling drought Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    The firm would soon move into a 22,000-square-foot office on the 12th floor of Burnett Plaza, one of Fort Worth's most prestigious office buildings.     Eighteen months on, however, without work and unable to meet monthly loan payments, GoFrac has closed its doors, its ambitions gutted by a steep dive in oil prices. Of the 550-odd employees on the payroll at the beginning of this year, only six remain.      At GoFrac's only remaining outpost, a small warehouse and 40-acre gravel yard in Weatherford, 30 miles west of Fort Worth, its huge fleet of sand haulers, chemical blenders and pressure pumps that months before were being used to frack U.S. oil and gas wells, sit idle in long rows, waiting to be sold.     "We knew it was going to be rough, but nobody foresaw what was coming," said GoFrac chief financial officer Kevin McGlinch, who was hired in November 2014 to see GoFrac through the slowdown.     GoFrac's end mirrored its beginning: steeper and faster than expected and driven by the unpredictable forces of international oil markets. More »

  • Fracking plan approved by officers
    Fracking plan approved by officers Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Planning officers have recommended plans for fracking for shale gas at a site in Lancashire should be approved - but have maintained their opposition to a second scheme. More »

  • UK council recommends approval for Cuadrilla fracking permit
    UK council recommends approval for Cuadrilla fracking permit Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Shale gas firm Cuadrilla Resources received a boost in its plan to start fracking in north west England on Monday when local government recommended that its application to drill up to four exploration wells should be granted. The company's project at Preston New Road near Blackpool could become Britain's first shale gas production wells, and could lead a drive to develop the unconventional resource as Britain's North Sea gas and oil production declines. The council, however, recommended another application for a nearby site at Roseacre Wood should not be granted because its construction work would create too much traffic. More »

  • Left-wing campaigners are derailing a US free-trade deal for ‘political reasons’: …
    Left-wing campaigners are derailing a US free-trade deal for ‘political reasons’: … Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Debate on the so-called TTIP was suspended this morning amid angry scenes. More »

  • OPEC stays upbeat on 2015 oil demand
    OPEC stays upbeat on 2015 oil demand Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Abdalla Salem el-Badri, Secretary General of OPEC speaks to journalists during the 167th ordinary meeting of OPEC at the group's headquarters in Vienna on June 5, 2015 More »

  • Pearse Doherty on latest Denis O’Brien allegations: Prove I’m wrong
    Pearse Doherty on latest Denis O’Brien allegations: Prove I’m wrong Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now… More »

  • Analysis - OPEC oil price anchor could be easy to unmoor
    Analysis - OPEC oil price anchor could be easy to unmoor Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    By Dmitry Zhdannikov and Jonathan Leff VIENNA (Reuters) - To hear OPEC ministers in Vienna last week, one would think the cartel's battle for market share is a complete success and oil prices are now firmly anchored where they are. "The strategy is working... It will take time for markets to rebalance," was the mantra from OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia's oil minister Ali al-Naimi and his peers. More »

  • No widespread danger to water from fracking: US agency
    No widespread danger to water from fracking: US agency Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    The controversial oil and gas extraction technique known as fracking poses no widespread danger to US drinking water, the US environmental agency said Thursday in a long-awaited assessment. More »

  • Spain's crisis has taken environmental toll: Greenpeace
    Spain's crisis has taken environmental toll: Greenpeace Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Spain's economic crisis and successive corruption scandals have led to looser environmental regulations which have taken a huge toll on the environment, Greenpeace said in a report published Wednesday. More »