Review of 2016

2016 saw the first approvals for high volume hydraulic fracturing in the UK since fracking caused small earthquakes in Lancashire in 2011.

The first shale gas site in the East Midlands also got the go-ahead and planning applications for exploration and production using acidisation were submitted in southern England and Lincolnshire.

The government extended the time for exploration in parts of the UK but now faces a legal challenge.

Opposition to fracking reached record levels, according to government surveys. Protesters took to the streets in several rallies and they established protection camps at sites around the country.

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Fracking giant fails to lock up a grandmother.

Knowing the depths to which the corporations and their partners in parliament have already sunk in order to force through the deeply unpopular industry, it should have been no surprise that Cuadrilla UK, one of the key fracking companies, would see fit to try to send a grandmother to prison. But the hundreds of people who gathered outside Preston Combined Court on Friday morning were deeply shocked that even Cuadrilla actually would stoop so low.

 

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Drilling diary – December 2016

25+ events about UK fracking and onshore oil and gas in December 2016, including planning meetings, film screenings, training, presentations, a conference, court case of anti-fracking campaigner Tina Rothery and consultation deadlines. Also advanced notice of dates later in the year. Updated throughout the month.

Please let us know here if you’d like us to add your events or if any details are wrong.

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