Three years ago today, the government formally confirmed a moratorium on fracking in England.
Helen Savage responds to government support for fracking from the West Sussex village of Balcombe, scene of anti-fracking protests in summer 2013.
The prime minister repeatedly said fracking must be with local consent when she was interviewed about fracking this morning by BBC Radio Lancashire. But she refused to rule it out in the county.
Forecasting earthquakes caused by fracking is still “a scientific challenge”, the British Geological Survey (BGS) said in a report published today.
Government says people living near fracking sites should tolerate more risk and disturbance in the national interest
The UK government formally lifted the moratorium on fracking in England this morning.
The shale gas company, IGas, said today it could drill 80 wells by this time next year, with the “right government support”.
Government advisors have told the new prime minister the UK can’t rely on shale gas to solve the cost-of-living crisis.
The government will publish the review of scientific evidence on fracking and decide on the next steps “in due course”, the energy minister Greg Hands said this week.
As the government considers the future of fracking in England, a new study has revealed little support for a change of policy.
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.