Statements made by two oil companies about the recent cluster of earthquakes in Surrey have been challenged by geologists.
For the first time since 2013, a quarterly public attitudes survey for the government has not asked questions on whether people support or oppose fracking.
A group of senior geologists has called for an immediate moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the area of Surrey affected by 12 earthquakes in the past four months.
A survey out today has found that 80% of Conservative councillors in areas where fracking companies have a licence to explore for shale gas believe that planning applications should be required before drilling.
The British Geological Survey confirmed there were two more small earthquakes in Surrey today – both in the same place as the previous cluster.
The British Geological Survey has installed two seismic monitors in Surrey to track earthquakes following a recent cluster centred near Newdigate.
A report relied upon by the Government in its support for shale gas extraction is to be updated.