Fracking commissioner quits after six months

The UK's shale gas commissioner has resigned after just six months, saying fracking is being effectively banned in the UK because of rules intended to prevent mini earthquakes.

Natascha Engel, a former Labour MP, told the Mail On Sunday she sent a resignation letter to the business secretary, Greg Clark, complaining that “government paralysis” over a review of regulations of fracking-induced earthquakes was “effectively putting an end to fracking in the UK”.

Current government rules mean fracking must be suspended every time a 0.5 or above local magnitude (ML) tremor is detected.

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