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Shale gas, hydraulic fracturing, and other unconventional hydrocarbons

Information on exploration, hydraulic fracturing and approach to the development of shale gas in the UK.

Information on exploration, hydraulic fracturing and approach to the development of shale gas in the UK.

Guides

Policy information, guidance, infographics and explanations on shale gas and hydraulic fracturing.

Reports, research and analysis

Independent and government reports, studies and analysis on the potential benefits, risks and locations for shale gas and oil in the UK.

  1. Underground Coal Gasification – Evidence Statement of Global Warming Potential

    • Independent report
  2. Committee on Climate Change report and government response on the compatibility of UK onshore petroleum with meeting the UK’s carbon budgets

    • Government response
  3. Bowland Shale Gas Study

    • Research and analysis
  4. BGS Weald Basin Jurassic Shale reports

    • Independent report
  5. BGS Midland Valley of Scotland Shale reports

    • Independent report
  6. Response to Sunday Times article on value of homes in areas of shale extraction

    • Government response
  7. Considerations for quantifying fugitive methane releases from shale gas operations

    • Research and analysis
  8. Review of potential public health impacts from shale gas extraction

    • News story
  9. Shale gas extraction: review of the potential public health impacts of exposures to chemical and radioactive pollutants

    • Guidance
  10. The Government’s response to the MacKay-Stone report: Potential greenhouse gas emissions associated with shale gas extraction and use

    • Corporate report
  11. Potential greenhouse gas emissions associated with shale gas production and use

    • Research and analysis
  12. Review of assessment procedures for shale gas well casing installation

    • Research and analysis
  13. Shale gas extraction in the UK: review of fracking

    • Independent report
  14. Monitoring and control of fugitive methane from unconventional gas operations

    • Research and analysis
  15. Induced seismicity in the UK and its relevance to hydraulic stimulation for exploration for shale gas: background note

    • Policy paper
  16. Preese Hall shale gas fracturing review and recommendations for induced seismic mitigation

    • Independent report
  17. The ‘Shale Gas Revolution’: hype and reality, a Chatham House report

    • Independent report

Regulation and licensing

Information on rules and regulations for onshore drilling, licensing and risk assessment. Licensing rounds and the licensing system are the responsibility of the Oil and Gas Authority

  1. Regulatory Roadmap: Onshore oil and gas exploration in the UK regulation and best practice

    • Guidance
  2. Amendment to permitted development rights for petroleum exploration

    • Consultation outcome
  3. Government defines Protected Areas for shale developments

    • News story
  4. Planning application process: statutory consultee arrangements

    • Consultation outcome
  5. Infrastructure Act will get Britain building

    • News story
  6. Map of Onshore Licences, SEA Areas and Prospective Areas

    • Guidance
  7. Guidance on the preparation of an environmental risk assessment of shale gas operations in Great Britain involving the use of hydraulic fracturing

    • Policy paper
  8. Shale gas exploratory operations: environmental risk assessment

    • Guidance
  9. Sub-surface unsuitability screening

    • Guidance

Consultation and engagement

Government and industry consultation and community engagement measures for shale gas and hydraulic fracturing.

  1. Shale Wealth Fund

    • Consultation outcome
  2. Local people a step closer to unlocking up to a billion in shale gas revenues

    • News story
  3. Amendment to permitted development rights for petroleum exploration

    • Consultation outcome
  4. Government defines Protected Areas for shale developments

    • News story
  5. Planning application process: statutory consultee arrangements

    • Consultation outcome
  6. Third Energy fracking permit consultation extended

    • Press release
  7. Business rates retention and shale oil and gas: technical consultation

    • Consultation outcome
  8. Public engagement with shale gas and oil

    • Research and analysis
  9. Technical consultation on business rates retention for shale

    • Written statement to Parliament
  10. Access rights workshop presentation

    • Policy paper
  11. Harnessing the potential of the UK’s natural resources: a fiscal regime for shale gas

    • Consultation outcome
  12. Gas Transporter Licence Exemption for onshore production of gas

    • Consultation outcome
Published 13 August 2015
Last updated 15 February 2017 + show all updates
  1. Guidance on application for hydraulic fracturing consent.
  2. First published.