The government has revealed there was overwhelming opposition to its plans – now shelved – to speed up development of the shale gas industry.
The Prime Minister has said the government will be making an announcement “shortly” on fracking in the UK.
In this guest post, anti-fracking campaigner and researcher, Ben Dean, argues that successive Conservative-led governments have failed to have full confidence in the onshore fracking industry.
The prime minister has been warned that government support for fracking risks losing the Conservatives seats at the general election.
Councillors have voted for an indefinite moratorium on fracking in the North Yorkshire district where Third Energy has permission for the process.
Conservative councillors in Lancashire have been accused of using a “wrecking amendment” for a second time to block support for their government’s policy on the rules on seismic activity induced by fracking.
A Conservative group has defied party policy by proposing a ban on fracking.