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One in every two barrels of US oil comes from fracking

Written by Laura Cole<p>Published in Energy<p>A fracking rig in Texas NeonLight<p>01 Apr<br>2016<p>Hydraulic fracturing – or ‘fracking’ – now accounts for more than …

Oil & Gas Industry

Cuadrilla appeal over Lancashire fracking refusal

<b>An energy firm appealing against a decision to refuse fracking said the inquiry was not about the "rights or wrongs" of shale gas extraction.</b><p>Cuadrilla was refused permission to extract shale gas at the sites in Little Plumpton and Roseacre Wood.<p>Lancashire County Council rejected both planning …

Cuadrilla wins Lancashire monitoring site appeal

<b>An energy firm has won its appeal against a council decision to reject plans for a monitoring site in Lancashire.</b><p>Cuadrilla has been given permission by the Planning Inspectorate to restore the Grange Hill shale exploration site near Singleton.<p>The company plans cover the use of the existing well to …

Roseacre residents split on fracking

The future of fracking in the UK is set to be decided at a public inquiry currently taking place in Blackpool.<p>For the small rural Lancashire community of Roseacre the decision could have far reaching consequences, as Diane Oxberry has been finding out for Inside Out North West.

Fracking 'would ruin tranquil fields', inquiry hears

<b>Shale gas extraction would turn "tranquil fields"' into "industrial installations", anti-fracking campaigners have told a hearing.</b><p>Energy firm Cuadrilla is appealing against Lancashire County Council's decision to refuse permission to extract shale gas at sites in Roseacre Wood and Little …

Hinkley Point: Pressure grows at EDF

<b>A board member at French energy firm EDF has said he will vote against its plan to build a new nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point in the UK.</b><p>Christian Taxil, who represents the CFE-CGC union on the board, said conditions were "not right" for the £18bn project.<p>The same union has previously suggested …

Fracking in the UK: could it happen near you?

Map: See the areas where fracking could take place after the Government awards energy companies licences to explore for oil and gas across England<p>Fracking could take place across large swathes of England after the Government awarded energy companies new licences to explore for oil and gas.<p>National …

Party says it wants to protect Britain’s drinking water sources and reinstate the right of homeowners to be individually notified of nearby fracking<p>Fracking would be prohibited on the land that collects the nation’s drinking water, under a Labour proposal published on Wednesday. The party also …

Oil & Gas Industry

Are Oil and Gas Industries Behind the Rare Texas Earthquakes?

Scientists probe injection wells, with possible ties to fracking, in search for cause.<p><i>Updated Thursday 12:30 p.m. ET.</i><p>A rare series of earthquakes in northern Texas has residents asking if oil and gas activities are responsible for the shaking, which has left people rattled but did not cause …

Oil & Gas Industry

Texas,Earthquakes,Shale gas and fracking,Oil,Environment,Fossil fuels,Gas,US news,Natural disasters and extreme weather,theguardian.com,News<p>Swarm is the latest in a string of temblors to hit north Texas since oil and gas development began in 2008 but area is not ‘a permanent type of seismic region’

Geology

Shale gas and fracking,Environment,Energy,Fossil fuels,Gas,UK news,Oil and gas companies,Energy industry,Activism,The Guardian,News<p>Progress on fracking ‘glacially slow’ despite backing from prime minister and promise of generous tax breaks

Oil & Gas Industry

Shale gas and fracking,Energy,Fossil fuels,Climate change,David Cameron,Environment,UK news<p>Over a quarter of a million people have signed a petition calling on the prime minister to rethink his ‘all out’ support for fracking in favour of clean energy<p>A petition with more than a quarter of a million …

Fracking

Chancellor’s list of requests, including responding to ‘asks’ from Cuadrilla, laid out in letter to cabinet colleagues<br>• Read George Osborne’s letter in full<p>George Osborne has requested that ministers make dozens of interventions to fast-track fracking as a “personal priority”, including the …

George Osborne

Anti-fracking campaigners accuse UK chancellor George Osborne of wanting to ‘transform Lancashire into Texas’<p>Lancashire council will decide on Tuesday whether to grant permission for the first new fracking sites in the UK in four years, amounting to a major expansion of shale gas industry.<p>Shale …

Oil & Gas Industry

Liberal Democrats,Shale gas and fracking,Politics,Vince Cable,Energy,Environment,Fossil fuels,Gas,UK news<p>Tessa Munt, the MP for Wells, defied government will by voting on Monday to support a moratorium on fracking<p>A parliamentary aide to Vince Cable has resigned after she voted against the …

Fracking

Nearly half the UK is up for fracking, and these maps show you where

Shale exploration has sparked passionate debate in the UK, since drilling first caused earth tremors back in 2011. Since then a few, scattered wells have been tested, but nothing yet on a commercial scale. That could be changing, with the government firmly backing shale gas, and encouraging …

The decision on the UK’s first full scale fracking site in Lancashire has been deferred despite demands from demonstrators that the application be refused. Elsewhere Scotland has announced a moratorium on planning consents for fracking.<p>Are you protesting against fracking plans where you live or are …

Fracking

Guardian analysis reveals new rules agreed by government will make huge swath of protected areas off limits for shale gas exploration

Fracking

Amendments to infrastructure bill unpick earlier protections, meaning companies just outside parks will be able to drill horizontally below them<p>Fracking companies will be allowed to drill horizontally under national parks and other protected areas if the wells start just outside their boundaries, …

Oil & Gas Industry

Fracking to be allowed beneath national parks despite ban pledge

Ministers accused of watering down commitment to ban controversial shale gas exploration in protected areas<p>Fracking will be allowed to take place beneath national parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, ministers have announced, despite committing to a ban in such areas less than three weeks …

Four-year moratorium on shale drills set to be overturned as country initiates process to allow regulated hydraulic fracturing for shale gas<p>Germany has proposed a draft law that would allow commercial shale gas fracking at depths of over 3,000 metres, overturning a de facto moratorium that has been …

Fossil Fuels

Fracking: Ineos invests £168m in shale gas exploration deal with IGas

Energy companies unveil plans to drill 11 wells in the North West and frack six of them<p>Ineos has invested £168m in UK shale gas exploration through a deal with IGas Energy that will see the companies drill up to 11 wells in the North West and frack six of them.<p>The petrochemicals giant said it would …

Shale oil,Shale gas and fracking,Energy,Environment,Fossil fuels,Gas,Oil,UK news,Chris Smith<p>Former environment agency chief says environmental case for shale oil in the UK is much tougher to make than for shale gas and calls for a single regulator<p>The former chief of the Environment Agency is …

Oil & Gas Industry

Whatever happened to the great European fracking boom?

The European shale gas boom has not materialized in the way that some were predicting. We are a far cry from the situation a few years ago, where interest in fracking in Europe was gathering pace on the back of the successes in North America.<p>The UK appeared to be leading the way, with drilling …

Is there any future for fracking in Britain?

The head of an industry-backed study says it is a "big if" as to whether shale gas extraction will take off in Britain<p>If any frackers still retain any doubt about the depth of the crisis into which they have plunged themselves, they should have turned up for a briefing on Tuesday on their latest …

Letter to BMJ prompted by new report from health charity Medact recommending UK-wide moratorium on fracking for shale gas<p>Fracking should be banned because of the impact it could have on public health, according to a prominent group of health professionals.<p>In a letter published by the British …

Oil & Gas Industry

Drought-stricken California’s fracking operations used 70 mn gallons of water last year

Energy companies in California used 70 million gallons of water for the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, process to unearth oil and gas reserves, …

Anti-fracking camp in Cheshire celebrates first anniversary

“They had a map of all their licenses in the area and then I thought bloody hell -there is a big ‘X’ over my house.” That’s the first time Paul Beer knew a gas exploration company had permission to carry out exploratory drilling for gas metres from his Cheshire home.<p>For a year now Beer, a …

Environment

Fracking is about to change, and almost no one is happy about it

The Obama administration recently announced new rules to regulate fracking. But no one, it seems, is entirely happy with them.<p>Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the process of drilling and injecting fluids into the ground at high pressure to break up shale rock formations and release natural gas …

Dutch court limits fracking on earthquake fears

A Dutch court suspended gas production from the Loppersum area of the Groningen natural gas field, Europe's biggest, as earthquakes linked to production damaged homes.<p>Loppersum, which pumps less than 10 per cent of the field's output, may produce "small volumes of gas" only if "extraction from …