Shale gas and hydraulic fracturing (fracking)

Hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, is a process used to remove gas and oil from shale rock deep in the ground.


Private fracking companies have started investigating the potential for carrying out this process commercially in Derbyshire.

Fracking involves drilling deep into the ground and injecting water, sand and chemicals at high pressure to create tiny cracks or fractures. Shale gas can then flow up a well to the surface and be collected.

This process can be carried out vertically or, more commonly, by drilling down for a distance of around 1.5 miles and then drilling horizontally into the shale.

The national approach to fracking is set by the Government, but we also have an important role to play in deciding whether or not to grant planning permission for a fracking well.

Find out more about the Government's views on fracking (opens in a new window).

Areas of the UK where shale gas applications have been given planning permission include North Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Lancashire.

In this section you will find information and regular updates including answers to the questions people most often ask, including:

  • Fracking in Derbyshire − details of what's proposed and where.

  • The planning process − outlining the planning process for all fracking applications.

  • Our position on fracking − sets out the county council's position and what is permitted.

  • Have your say on fracking − find out how you can give your views.

  • Find out more about fracking − more detail including links to Government information and other sources.

Related documents

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