The policing operation outside Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road fracking site has ended, Lancashire Constabulary has confirmed.
Industry and government blamed public opposition to fracking for the slow progress of the UK shale gas industry, according to a secret official report finally released.
Opposition to fracking reached 44%, a record high, in the latest government survey of public attitudes to shale gas.
The government has revealed there was overwhelming opposition to its plans – now shelved – to speed up development of the shale gas industry.
The prime minister has been warned that government support for fracking risks losing the Conservatives seats at the general election.
The West Lancashire MP, Rosie Cooper, has urged people to oppose a plan to frack for shale gas near Formby.
The council where Aurora Energy Resources wants to drill and frack two shale gas wells has confirmed it continues to object to the process.