The business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, has ordered a scientific review of the impact of fracking.
Government appeared to be considering a u-turn this afternoon on the order to Cuadrilla to plug and abandon its shale gas wells at Preston New Road near Blackpool.
The government has restated its support for the moratorium on fracking in England.
The COP26 president, Alok Sharma, declared this morning: “I do believe that the end of coal is in sight. I do believe that we are getting to a point we can consign coal power to history.”
Consumers will be better protected from fluctuating gas prices as wind and solar provide more energy, the business secretary said today.
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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.
2020 was a frack free year in the UK because the shale gas industry failed to persuade ministers to lift blocks on the process.
The owner of the fracking firm Cuadrilla predicted today that England’s moratorium on hydraulic fracturing would be lifted – but not before 2021.