HomeLatest NewsThe UK government has officially confirmed the lifting of the fracking ban

The UK government has officially confirmed the lifting of the fracking ban

Britain “needs to explore all the avenues available to us through solar, wind, oil and gas generation – so it is right that we take pause to realize potential sources of domestic gas,” said Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Business and Energy Secretary.

Britain “needs to explore all the avenues available to us through solar, wind, oil and gas generation – so it is right that we take pause to realize potential sources of domestic gas,” said Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Business and Energy Secretary.

The UK government officially confirmed on September 22 that it was lifting a ban on fracking in England, arguing that the move would help boost the country’s energy security amid Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Prime Minister Liz Truss announced within days of taking office earlier this month that she would lift a 2019 ban on hydraulic fracturing, a controversial technique used to extract oil and gas from shale rock.

Britain “needs to explore all the avenues available to us through solar, wind, oil and gas generation – so it is right that we take pause to realize potential sources of domestic gas,” said Jacob Rees-Mogg, the business and energy secretary. Thursday

Ms Truss said she would not “proceed with anything that carries risks,” but stressed that “energy security is vital.”

The UK government suspended fracking in November 2019, saying it was not possible to accurately predict the vibrations associated with drilling.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said the lifting of the ban meant future applications would be considered “where there is local support.” Developers must have the necessary licenses and permits before commencing operations.

Environmental groups have long opposed the practice of fracking, saying it is not an efficient way to generate energy, does not help reduce rapidly rising energy bills and is opposed by communities wherever it is attempted.

“Even when the government went ‘all out for shale’, frackers produced no energy for the UK but managed to create two holes in a muddy field, traffic, noise and a great deal of controversy,” said Philip Evans, Greenpeace’s energy security campaigner. .

A government-commissioned review into the risks of shale gas extraction by the British Geological Survey was inconclusive, saying more information was needed. Officials argued that the “limited current understanding of the UK’s geology and offshore shale resources” should not be a barrier to fracking.

“It is clear that we need to drill more sites to collect better data and improve the evidence base and we are aware that some developers are keen to assist in this process,” a statement from the government’s Department of Business said.

“Lifting the moratorium on shale gas extraction will enable drilling to collect more of this data, build an understanding of the UK’s shale gas resources and how we can safely extract shale gas in the UK where there is local support.”

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