News Cuadrilla operated drill site in Balcombe, West Sussex. The company has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire

Cuadrilla, the fracking company responsible for a series of earth tremors around Blackpool in 2011, has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire after problems surfaced relating to the disposal of radioactive waste.

Case 'never stronger' for nuclear reactors

Despite the nuclear crisis in Japan, the case for a new generation of reactors in the UK has never been stronger, the Government's former chief scientist said today.

Margareta Pagano: Is the nuclear industry dead and buried?

Japan's crisis changes the sector for ever

EU refuses Iran's nuclear tour offer

The European Union has turned down an offer from Iran to tour its nuclear facilities. Tehran had invited Hungary, which holds the EU's revolving presidency, and International Atomic Energy Agency ambassadors to visit the Natanz uranium enrichment plant and the Arak heavy-water complex .

Uranium stocks go in US terrorism deal

Ukraine has sent a "significant portion" of its highly enriched uranium stock to Russia, in line with a deal with the United States aimed at preventing terrorism, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said yesterday.

Nuclear talks hampered by Iran's uranium boast

Pessimism plagued the first talks for more than a year between Iran and seven world powers on the West's concern that Tehran is developing nuclear weapons.

Iran begins nuclear talks with world powers

Iran began talks about its nuclear programme with six world powers today.

We can mine our own uranium, says Iran

Iran claimed yesterday it could now use domestically mined uranium to produce nuclear fuel, giving the country complete control over a process the West suspects is geared toward producing weapons.

North Korea details expanded nuclear programme

North Korea detailed for the first time its expanded nuclear programme today, saying it had thousands of working centrifuges, as pressure built on China to rein in its ally amid tensions on the peninsula.

Iranian nuclear scientist killed in bomb attack

Motorbike-riding bombers killed a leading Iranian nuclear scientist and wounded another by planting explosives on their cars as they drove to work today.

Northern Korean nuclear plant is 'a provocation', says US

The US special envoy for North Korea said Pyongyang's claim of a new uranium enrichment facility is provocative and disappointing but not a crisis or a surprise. Washington, he vowed, will keep working with its regional partners in response.

North Korea unveils highly sophisticated nuclear facility

The US is trying to restart moribund nuclear disarmament talks over North Korea, after the Communist leadership there showed off a new and highly sophisticated uranium enrichment plant.

North Korea 'builds new Nuclear facility'

North Korea has secretly and quickly built a new facility to enrich uranium, according to a US nuclear scientist.

Nuclear smuggling exposed in secret trial

Nuclear weapons-grade uranium is now available on the black market in Georgia, according to officials who broke up a smuggling ring in the former Soviet republic.

Small Talk: Smallcap oil and gas explorers scoop North Sea licences

It has been a busy week for small-cap oil exploration and production (E&P) companies with an interest in the North Sea. The Government's 26th offshore licensing round – postponed from early 2009 on account of the financial crisis – finally concluded. And out of 2,818 possible blocks on offer, a thoroughly healthy 114 licences covering 268 blocks have been awarded, with another 90 still undergoing environmental assessment which may yet turn into licences.

Nuclear talks to resume next month

Iran is ready to hold its first talks with world powers in more than a year about its disputed nuclear programme at any time after 10 November, Baroness Ashton, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said yesterday.

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