BEIS minister: ‘No plans’ for full fracking ban

The government does not intend to formally ban fracking following its decision last year to put in place a moratorium on the controversial technology, but has left the door open for fracking companies to prove it is safe in the UK.

Lord Duncan of Springbank, a junior minister in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, told peers yesterday that the government has “no plans to turn the moratorium on shale gas extraction into a ban”. 

The government, he added, “will continue to take a precautionary approach and will support shale gas exploration only if it can be ?done in a safe and sustainable way. The moratorium is intended to give a clear message to the sector and to local communities that fracking, within the current corpus of scientific evidence, will not be taken forward in England.”

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