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Studies examine potential fracking link to birth defects

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Preliminary findings suggest shale gas wells could be a factor in heart problems and low birth weights

27 Aug 2014

Labour attempts to strengthen regulation of UK fracking industry

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Opposition party to table amendments to Lords infrastructure bill that would tighten rules for companies drilling for shale gas

26 Aug 2014

When clean tech tribes go to war

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Policy Exchange's Guy Newey argues technology tribalism is understandable but counter-productive, which is why we need a market-based approach to decarbonisation

21 Aug 2014

Ineos buys fracking rights around Grangemouth

Chemicals giant intends to become 'major player' in shale gas exploration after acquiring 51 per cent of 127 square mile licence area

19 Aug 2014

Anti-fracking group stages day of action

Protests at offices of Defra and energy firm in London, Swansea University campus and sites in East Yorkshire and Blackpool

19 Aug 2014

Fracking protests escalate on 'national day of action'

Campaigners occupy government buildings and drilling sites in protest over government support for shale gas

18 Aug 2014

Government under fire over "misleading" fracking consultation

Greenpeace calls on DECC to re-run consultation on controversial plans to relax fracking trespass rules, as Scottish government objects to proposed changes

15 Aug 2014

From polls to protests, the shale gas industry is its own worst enemy

Shale gas may have a role to play in a low carbon energy mix, but the industry will never deliver unless it can cut out the PR blunders

14 Aug 2014

Government survey: UK opposition to fracking on the rise

DECC survey reveals declining support for shale gas, as industry survey showing growing support comes under attack

12 Aug 2014

Fresh fracking row sparked over house price report, as poll suggests growing support for shale gas

Environmental campaigners accuse the government of censoring key report on potential impact of fracking on house prices

11 Aug 2014

How does fracking affect nature? We just don't know, scientists say

Researchers say lack of transparency from shale developers means there is a risk industry growth will outpace understanding of threats

06 Aug 2014

Ineos signals move into fracking

Owner of Grangemouth petrochemical plant gives strongest indication yet that it will apply for shale gas extraction license

04 Aug 2014

Government pushes ahead with fracking plan despite wide opposition

Public Health England and Natural England among groups against shale gas exploration in areas including national parks

29 Jul 2014

Fracking threatens Tory election hopes, Greenpeace warns

Analysis finds 77 per cent of targeted seats have been opened up for exploration, despite low levels of public support for fracking

29 Jul 2014

Fracking push gets go-ahead across UK as ministers tighten safeguards

Drilling will be allowed in national parks in 'exceptional circumstances' but ministers retain power to veto plans

28 Jul 2014

New Environment Agency chairman has fracking links

Sir Philip Dilley was previously chairman of engineering firm that wrote environmental reports on fracking for Cuadrilla

23 Jul 2014

Updated: Celtique Energie’s Sussex fracking application rejected

West Sussex County Council throws out plans for exploratory drilling near Wisborough Green

22 Jul 2014

Updated: Fracking neighbours seek to block Celtique's shale application

Residents in South Downs National Park inform government they refuse permission for fracking beneath their land

21 Jul 2014

Fracking firm ‘underplayed’ heavy lorries needed for Sussex drilling

Local officials refute claims made by Celtique Energie about the noise levels and numbers of heavy good vehicles

18 Jul 2014

Ineos gets £230m UK loan guarantee to build shale gas facility at Grangemouth

Company says pledge allows it to invest in terminal to import, store and process ethane from US shale gas

17 Jul 2014

Maps show fracking risk to drinking water

British Geological Survey and the Environment Agency publish data showing proximity of shale deposits to major aquifers

04 Jul 2014

Scotland primed for shale gas exploration

Government wants test drilling to confirm study findings of 80 trillion cubic feet of gas and six billion barrels of oil in Midland Valley

30 Jun 2014

Allow fracking in national parks, says Environment Agency chief

Chris Smith, EA's outgoing chairman, dismisses campaigners' claims over impact when process 'done properly'

30 Jun 2014

Fracking row: Green groups hit back over allegations of Russian infiltration

Nato secretary-general suggests Russia is supporting anti-fracking protests in a bid to keep Europe hooked on its gas supplies

20 Jun 2014

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