UK Shale: Fracking is Given the Green Light

May.24.2016

Recent developments in fracking in the UK

On 23 May 2016, the North Yorkshire County Council voted in favour of an application by Third Energy to extract shale gas from an existing onshore gas well in northeast England using hydraulic fracturing.  The approval marks the end of a five year hiatus which has seen fracking operations in the UK come to a standstill after Cuadrilla's attempt to frack for shale gas near Blackpool reportedly caused two minor earthquakes in 2011.  It is anticipated that Third Energy's fracking operations could begin by the end of 2016, unless legal challenges are bought by opponents of the North Yorkshire County Council's decision.