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Pro-fracking newspaper ad banned by Advertising Standards Authority

Breitling Energy's Telegraph advert 'misled the public'<p>The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that a US energy company misled the public when it made unsubstantiated claims about the benefits of fracking and claimed a gas shortage put the UK close to catastrophe.<p>Breitling Energy's …

Ban fracking from national parks, say majority of UK public

Guardian poll suggests public unmoved by assurances that planning guidance has been tightened for shale drilling<p>Fracking should be completely banned from national parks, according to a strong majority of the UK public.<p>The controversial issue of shale gas exploration in some of the country’s most …

Why fracking should be for the many

The UK’s oil wealth was exploited for the benefit of the few. We have to avoid that happening with shale gas<p>Fracking should be a defining issue in the general election. We should work hard to make sure it isn’t a footnote. If the scale of gas is anything like the claims made by its advocates, it …

Fracking at Little Plumpton: 11,000 responses to consultation

<b>A consultation on an energy company's plans to drill for shale gas in Lancashire has received 11,000 responses, the county council has said.</b><p>The application by Cuadrilla to drill at Little Plumpton, near Blackpool, led to anti-fracking campaigners camping on the land in protest.<p>The protestors were …

Oil & Gas Industry

Fracking firm's South Downs drilling plans rejected

Fracking doesn't contaminate water supplies, faulty shale gas wells do

Fracking trespass law changes move forward despite huge public opposition

Ministers reject 40,000 objections to allow fracking below homes without owners’ permission<p>Fracking will take place below Britons’ homes without their permission after ministers rejected 40,000 objections to controversial changes to trespass laws.<p>The UK government argued that the current ability …

Is fracking greener than solar power and wind turbines?

A study has found that on some measures fracking is less damaging to the environment than renewable energy sources, leading to claims that it is ‘greener’. With your help, Karl Mathiesen investigates.<p>Post your thoughts in the comments below, email karl.mathiesen.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet …