A government department has confirmed it has acted on a threat of legal action from the onshore shale gas industry over the moratorium on fracking.
The energy secretary, Andrea Leadsom, confirmed the government’s U-turn on shale gas policy in a statement to parliament today.
The shale gas commissioner, Natascha Engel has resigned after just over six months, she has told a national newspaper.
The Oil and Gas Authority has cleared the way for fracking at Cuadrilla’s shale gas site near Blackpool.
Government proposals to make changes to the planning rules for shale gas and fracking are to come under scrutiny at a meeting of MPs next month.
The shale gas company, Cuadrilla, announced this afternoon it had applied to the government for consent to frack its second horizontal well at its Preston New Road site near Blackpool.
The government published information today on what shale gas companies need to do to get final go-ahead to frack.
The latest findings from the government’s quarterly Wave tracker survey, published this morning, put support for fracking at 18%.