There is no set timeframe for decision-taking. The Department is carefully considering the application submitted for Third Energy’s KM8 well in Ryedale and will respond appropriately in due course.
Yesterday, my Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State issued a Direction to the Oil and Gas Authority which will impact on the existing application submitted by Third Energy and certain other applications by operators seeking to carry out hydraulic fracturing in future. I would refer the hon Member to the Written Ministerial Statement that accompanies that direction which provides further details. This can be seen here.