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.
An investigation among people living near Cuadrilla’s Lancashire shale gas site has revealed that most believed fracking was bad for health, wildlife and the wider environment.
Government proposals to relax the planning rules for shale gas sites are due to be discussed for the first time in the chamber of the House of Commons.
A parliamentary bill to limit earthquakes caused by fracking has passed its first stage unopposed today.