Pennsylvania governor, Tom Wolf, has reintroduced a drilling and fracking moratorium in the state’s 120 parks and 20 national forests. read more ..
New York will eventually review its decision to impose a fracking moratorium, but the state’s chief environmental regulator does not expect it to be in the near future.
The Scottish parliament has announced a fracking moratorium to allow further scientific study and refining of regulations.
Lancashire County Council has decided to defer its final ruling on Cuadrilla's plans to hydraulically fracture at two sites in Lancashire.
Investment firm, Ridgetop Capital has said that it has raised a $200 million fund to acquire mineral rights and land assets in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays.
Saudi Arabia’s state run oil company, Saudi Aramco, has said that it is to increase investment in shale gas exploration, despite multi-year low oil prices.
The UK government has accepted some of the proposed amendments to fracking legislation during a reading of the Infrastructure Bill, but rejected an extension to the country’s fracking moratorium.
Hess Corporation is set to cut its budget for Bakken shale by around 20%, the company's Utica shale budget has also been cut by 40%.
Baker Hughes has issued its latest drilling rig report, showing the total number of oil rigs fell to two-year lows and multi-year lows in Bakken shale play activity.
Energy Transfer Partners and Regency Energy Partners, two gas companies with extensive shale interests, have announced in a joint statement a merger agreement worth $18 billion.
The Environmental Audit Committee has published a report, which recommends that the UK extends its fracking moratorium, in order to meet greenhouse gas emission targets.
Magnum Hunter Resources, which is active in the Utica, Marcellus and Bakken shale gas plays, has said it is to cut capital spending on its projects, citing low commodity prices.
Cuadrilla has requested the Lancashire County Council Development Control Committee defer planning applications for fracking, so that the company can make changes to noise and traffic proposals.
The chief executive of Cuadrilla, Francis Egan, has expressed his surprise at the decision by Lancashire County Council to recommend against the awarding of permits for fracking operations.
A group of MPs from the Environmental Audit Committee, including the former environment secretary, Caroline Spelman, have called for a fracking moratorium.
Kinder Morgan, US oil and gas infrastructure giant, has announced that it is to purchase Hiland Partners and family trusts from the founder Harold Hamm for around $3 billion.