After seven years of promoting fracking, Conservative ministers have withdrawn their support and blocked the prospects of a shale gas industry.
The Prime Minister has said the government will be making an announcement “shortly” on fracking in the UK.
An investigation by MPs into shale gas development and fracking regulation has been put on hold because of the election.
The government has no clear idea on how much it has spent supporting fracking, what the benefits would be and how much investment would be needed in future, the UK’s spending watchdog has revealed.
Three Labour MPs are seeking to add a ban on fracking to the Queen’s Speech.
The Conservative-led council in the area of Cuadrilla’s shale gas site has called on regulators to ban local fracking immediately on safety grounds.
The prime minister has been warned that government support for fracking risks losing the Conservatives seats at the general election.