The cabinet minister who announced the moratorium on fracking last year has been sacked in today’s reshuffle.
A public inquiry which opens tomorrow into oil plans in north Lincolnshire could see the first examination of the government moratorium on fracking.
Environmental campaigners are calling on the government to extend its moratorium on fracking to less publicised techniques used by the oil and gas industry.
Andrea Leadsom has been appointed the new business and energy secretary with responsibility for the onshore oil and gas industry. The new local government secretary, who will decide on two shale gas planning appeals, is Robert Jenrick.
Fracking Week in Parliament The government dismissed another call this week for an update of the review of research on the health impacts of shale gas extraction.
The Government expects the UK to have 30-35 unconventional oil and gas sites by 2022 and 155 wells by 2025, according to an unpublished report.
Church of England has no official policy on fracking and is not seeking shale gas applications, parliament told
Fracking Week in Parliament The Church of England has no formal policy on fracking and no plans to use its land for shale gas exploration, a senior official told parliament last week.