News flash: Dart Energy appealed to the Scottish Government on the grounds that Falkirk Council 'failed to make a decision' on planning application P-12-0521-FUL. The government then passed it to the independent reporters in the Department of Planning and Environmental Appeals - see Case PPA-240-2032; a Public Inquiry took place; and, finally, in October 2014 we were informed that Scottish Ministers have decided that the Dart Energy appeals should be recalled for their own determination due to the "high level of public interest in these proposals".

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Letter sent from CCoF to Glasgow University in support of Professor David Smythe.

The Broad Alliance of communities against unconventional oil and gas extraction today launches The Community Case Against Unconventional Gas.

Cluff Natural Resources Plc is currently developing their plans for the a deep offshore Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) Production Test in the Kincardine-Grangemouth area. Members of the project team are holding two public exhibitions to provide members of the local community and other interested parties with information about the project.

INEOS has today announced it has completed the deal with IGas, announced on the 10th of March, making it the UK's third largest shale gas company. In Scotland, INEOS will acquire IGas’s entire interest in PEDL 133 (the Grangemouth licence) which will give the company 100% ownership of this asset.

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has today announced that there is to be a moratorium on granting consents for unconventional oil and gas developments in Scotland whilst further research and a public consultation is carried out. The decision comes days after the UK Government voted against a moratorium.

We, an alliance of groups from Scottish communities directly or indirectly at risk from the unconventional gas extraction industry, have come together to call on the Scottish Government to follow the example of other countries by implementing a moratorium on all forms of unconventional gas development in Scotland. The Scottish Government has the power to insist on a moratorium and can demonstrate its commitment by taking the responsible decision on the Falkirk public inquiry, to refuse permission to Dart Energy for commercial coalbed methane extraction.

On October 14 2014 IGas Energy PLC completed their acquisition of Dart Energy Limited and the acquisition was cleared by the Competition and Markets Authority on October 20 2014.

The acquisition of a 80% stake in the PEDL 162 license area from Reach Coal Seam Gas Ltd in October 2014 adds to the 51% share of the 329 sq km PEDL 133 licence area they acquired in August 2014 from BG Group.

Dart Energy's appeals relating to their Letham Moss coalbed methane plans, which were due to be determined by DPEA reporters, have been recalled by Scottish Ministers due to 'the high level of public interest in these proposals'.

IGas shareholders have backed a multi-million pound plan to acquire Dart Energy and create the largest shale gas company in the UK, and Dart Energy shareholders have now agreed to the buyout.

Falkirk Council's Planning Committee have voted in favour of Dart Energy's planning application P/14/0038/FUL to drill an exploratory borehole on land to the North East of Grangeview, Falkirk.

DPEA reporters to the Dart Energy Public Inquiry will start finalising writing their decision in October 2014 at the very earliest.

The Scottish Government are objecting to UK Government proposals which would remove the right of Scottish householders to object to oil and gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing beneath their homes.

A independent Expert Scientific Panel, convened by the Scottish Government, has today released a report on its review of the available scientific evidence on unconventional oil and gas. The Scottish Government will set up a Working Group to consider the findings of the report and local communities will have an opportunity to feed their views and concerns into this group.

The UK Government today launched the 14th onshore oil and gas licensing round, in which 20,000 square km across central and southern Scotland has been offered for unconventional fossil fuel exploitation.

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