Government fails to publish secret fracking report despite court order

The Cabinet Office has failed to meet a deadline to publish parts of a secret report on the viability of fracking in the UK, drawing accusations from the Labour Party that it is acting against the public interest.

The report, which was written in 2016, examines the potential state of the UK fracking industry in 2020, barriers to expanding the industry and ways the government could remove those barriers, and what can be learned from the experiences of other countries.

Campaign group Greenpeace had successfully appealed against a government decision to deny its request to access the document under freedom of information rules, with the information commissioner giving the Cabinet Office until Monday to publish the report. 

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