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Fracking in the UK

This week's Fracking: the Debate on Hydraulic Fracturing for Gas conference discussed the key issues the UK's nascent shale gas industry is facing in its attempts to get off (or under) the ground. 

EPA fracking

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) submitted its draft study plan on hydraulic fracturing for review to the agency’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) on Feb. 8.

Backing for fracking

For some time shale gas has been hailed as a 'game-changer' for the global power market.

UK opens bidding for fracking

The UK is to open bidding for fracking licenses today in a move that aims to significantly expand the scope of shale gas extraction across the nation. 

German parliament bans fracking

The Bundestag, the German parliament has decided to ban hydraulic fracturing or fracking.

Germany signs off on fracking

The German government has performed a U-turn on fracking, deciding to permit the practice just months after the country's Environment minister sought to ban it.

Mexico’s president-elect promises to end fracking

Mexico has a huge potential shale formation in the Burgos basin, similar to the Texas Eagle Ford fields

Approval granted for fracking in northern England

Third Energy U.K. has been granted approval to frack an existing UK natural gas well, overcoming last-minute protests and reviving a practice not used in Britain since earthquakes were recorded in 2011.

US government issues rules on fracking

The US government has released rules on fracking , which mean that, from 2015, oil and gas companies will be required to capture methane and other pollutant gases that are byproducts of the process.

Fracking face-off at energy debate

Two high-profile speakers on either side of the shale gas debate clashed yesterday at a London energy conference.