The former energy minister, Kwasi Kwarteng, has been appointed business secretary. He replaces Alok Sharma, who moves to work fulltime as president of the COP26 climate conference in November.
The government has given some details of what would be needed to end the moratorium on fracking in England.
The government’s rejection of Cuadrilla’s call for a relaxation of rules on earthquakes caused by fracking has been welcomed tonight by campaigners in Lancashire.
Several shale gas wells in production would be seen as success by the government, according to recently released notes of a round-table meeting between the energy minister and the industry.
Most of the notes about a recent meeting between a minister and the shale gas industry have been redacted “in the public interest” or because they contained confidential information, a government department has said.
Fracking Week in Parliament The government has not estimated the potential effect on employment of shale gas, according to the Energy Minister, Claire Perry. Nor has it assessed the likely volume of flowback waste.
A government energy minister has declined to give details of the acceptable level of fugitive emissions from fracking wells in the UK.
Our digest of May’s headlines about fracking, shale and onshore oil and gas developments – and reaction to them. This month’s top stories …
The head of a research programme on fracking said today there were still gaps in the UK’s shale gas regulations.
The Energy Minister, Andrea Leadsom, has admitted to asking her officials “Is climate change real?” And she dismissed the idea that women and men have different attitudes to fracking.