The energy secretary, Andrea Leadsom, confirmed the government’s U-turn on shale gas policy in a statement to parliament today.
As the government announces a second moratorium on fracking because of earth tremor risks, DrillOrDrop looks back at key events in the past eight years. Please let us know about any important headlines we have missed.
After seven years of promoting fracking, Conservative ministers have withdrawn their support and blocked the prospects of a shale gas industry.
IGas has been granted extra time for exploration work in six oil and gas licences awarded three years ago.
Eric Walton has been photographing the IGas shale gas site at Tinker Lane in north Nottinghamshire since construction work began in spring 2018.
This month, Cuadrilla began fracking its second well at Preston New Road, near Blackpool. 12 days later it was ordered to stop after causing the UK’s largest fracking-induced earth tremor.
IGas has confirmed that restoration is now underway at its first shale gas site in the East Midlands.