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How permanent is the UK’s ban on fracking?

We said in our last edition of Rethink Energy that climate change and environmental policy would come to the forefront of the UK’s snap election, and with fracking in the hot seat, this is already proving to be the case. The Conservative-led government has called for an immediate suspension of fracking, but its focus has been on earthquake activity and not climate change. The ban, already initiated in Scotland, will now be extended to England, for an indefinite period “until and unless” shale gas extraction is proved to be safe. It looks possible that the ban may be short term, but the government reinstating fracking will face significant public opposition. The moratorium follows a study published by the Oil and…

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