The Department for Energy and Climate Change has tweeted an infographic outlining the stages of shale gas and oil, from the exploration stage through to decommissioning.
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In a statement the pair said they remained "great friends" and "will continue to support each other".
The comedian has handed over a not-for-profit cafe he opened last year to a charity that helps ex-prisoners and recovering addicts.