The government is standing by its moratorium on fracking in England after new research concluded that induced earthquakes were hard to predict and manage.
A major cut in investment in the shale gas company, Cuadrilla, is likely in the coming months, its owner has predicted.
An investigation among people living near Cuadrilla’s Lancashire shale gas site has revealed that most believed fracking was bad for health, wildlife and the wider environment.
Cuadrilla has called for an urgent review of the rules on earth tremors caused by fracking after revealing that it fully fractured only two of 42 planned stages at its shale gas well near Blackpool.
Campaigners have raised concerns about links between the judge who jailed three anti-fracking protesters last month and his family’s business in supplying the oil and gas industry.