The British government still supports fracking in general, Communities Minister Sajid Javid said on Oct. 3, just days before his department is due to rule on whether to grant a shale gas fracking permit in northwest England.
The government is due to decide by Oct. 6 whether to grant permits to shale gas firm Cuadrilla Resources Ltd. to undertake fracking at two sites.
The permits had previously been rejected by the local authority and the decision will be the first time the government uses new powers to intervene on shale gas planning permits.
"I can't talk about a particular planning application but in general terms this government has been clear ... that fracking, and using the resources that we have in this country, is part of the future of this country," Javid told Sky News.
Britain is estimated to have substantial amounts of shale gas trapped in underground rocks but despite support from central government, progress has been slow as environmental campaigners lobby local government to block the method.
Drillers cut nine oil rigs in the week to March 22, bringing the total count down to 824, the lowest since April 2018, Baker Hughes, a GE company (NYSE: BHGE), said in its weekly report.
The independent U.S. energy producer aims to take a final investment decision on the $20 billion project in the coming months, having signed up long-term buyers for its LNG.
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