The Environment Agency has objected to plans to drill for oil in Dorset because there was no assessment of the risk to water.
The regulator said the application by South Western Energy Limited at Puddletown had “insufficient information” about the risks to drinking water and to a nearby chalk stream.
It said there was no objection in principle to the application, but added:
“We will maintain our objection until we receive a satisfactory risk assessment that demonstrates that the risks to controlled waters posed by this development can be safely managed”.
A Conservative MP is seeking answers from his party’s leaders on fracking and Labour’s shadow minister for the environment branded the government’s stance on the practice as “disingenuous,” after it emerged that exploratory drilling for potential sites has continued in parts of England.
IGas should not be allowed to dispose of radioactive wastewater in a well at its Singleton oil site in the South Downs, campaigners have argued.
The company has applied for an environmental permit to continue reinjecting fluid from sites across southern England. The waste contains naturally-occurring radioactive material, known as NORM.
The Weald Action Group has objected to IGas’s application, accusing the company of not providing enough information and underestimating risks.