The government has now missed its own deadline by two years for decisions on shale gas schemes in south Yorkshire and Cheshire.
The energy minister has confirmed that a small-scale form of fracking, planned for a site in Lincolnshire, is not covered by the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.
The MP for an area with two potential shale gas sites is expected to call in parliament for a permanent ban on fracking in his constituency.
The new Conservative MP for the Rother Valley in south Yorkshire is calling on the government to extend its moratorium on fracking to include drilling for shale gas.
Some fracking for oil and gas could still go ahead, despite the government’s moratorium, a ministerial statement has indicated.
A government minister seemed this morning to support the idea that a permanent ban on fracking would be the best way his department could tackle climate change.
The shale gas company, Ineos, has installed new protest injunction notices at its proposed exploration site at Woodsetts in south Yorkshire.