The county which hosted the UK’s only high volume fracking sites voted unanimously this afternoon to keep planning decisions on the process with the local planning authority.
The energy minister, Greg Hands, sidestepped a question about the investment tax allowance proposed under the windfall tax for oil and gas companies.
The business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, has said he is preparing to consider the next steps on fracking.
The Conservative MP heading the Net Zero Scrutiny Group has asked the government what would be needed to ease the controls on fracking.
Fracking is “quite disruptive, may need thousands of wells and can take a long time” – government minister
An energy minister has rejected industry suggestions that it can produce fracked gas within 18 months.
A local Conservative councillor has urged the levelling up secretary, Michael Gove, to intervene in plans by Rathlin Energy for long-term oil production and more drilling at a site in East Yorkshire.
The government has restated its support for the moratorium on fracking in England.
Northern Ireland’s economy minister has proposed a moratorium on onshore oil and gas operations followed by legislation to ban it.
The UK government is being sued by two environmental groups which say the net zero strategy fails to include policies needed to make promised cuts in carbon emissions.
Carbon capture must be safe and effective in reducing CO2 emissions, members of the public have told the government.