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Fourth quarter profits declined to $2.1 billion from $7.3 billion a year earlier

Drilling equipment at the Cuadrilla exploration drilling site in Balcombe

No fracking at Balcombe, says energy company Cuadrilla

No fracking will take place at a site in West Sussex which was at the centre of large-scale protests last year, energy company Cuadrilla has told residents.

Anti-fracking protesters glue themselves to wrong petrol station

Anti-fracking protesters in Bolton were left red-faced after gluing themselves to gas pumps at the wrong petrol station.

Royal Dutch Shell issues shock profit warning

Shell dropped a bombshell on investors after warning that fourth quarter profit will be "significantly" lower than last year, blaming low production, high exploration costs and continuing problems with refining.

David Cameron visits the Total Oil Depot shale drilling site in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. MPs have accused the government of seeking to bribe local councils to grant planning permission for controversial fracking projects

Government accused of 'bribing local councils' on controversial fracking projects

MPs accused the government of seeking to bribe local councils to grant planning permission for controversial fracking projects today, just as new figures showed Britain’s shale gas regulator has only six staff dedicated to fracking full time.

Fracking opponents were quick to criticise the plans

Government to make 40 per cent of Britain available for fracking

Coalition forges ahead with licences

Unlikely threat: oil in the reserves

Drilling in a Ugandan national park is having a negative effect on its elephants

Dismay for green lobby as fracking is given the go-ahead

Hefty tax breaks for fracking firms announced by the Chancellor yesterday immediately came under fire from MPs and environmental groups, who warned that they were “unwarranted” and could even be illegal.

World's largest floating vessel - bigger than Empire State Building launches

The world's largest floating vessel 'The Prelude' launches from a dock in South Korea

The damage after the explosion of an oil pipeline

China's President Xi Jinping visits victims of deadly pipeline blasts in Qingdao

President Xi Jinping has visited victims of the deadly explosions that ripped through the eastern city of Qingdao after an oil pipeline ruptured.

London Mayor Boris Johnson’s ambitions to build an airport in the Thames Estuary has been dealt a major blow by Centrica’s £4.4bn deal

Centrica's gas deal may scupper Boris Johnson's plans for Thames Estuary airport

British Gas owner's £4.4bn LNG contract makes Mayor's plans 'unworkable'

Professor Robert Oswald said that farmers living in intensively drilled areas should be 'very concerned'

Greenpeace: Landowners can work together to block fracking 'trespass'

Campaigners change tack in fight against fracking

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