Britain lifts ban on fracking for shale gas

by | Sep 22, 2022 | World

UK lifted ban on fracking, a controversial method to dig for fossil fuels, in order to boost oil and gas output after Russia’s war on Ukraine.Britain has formally lifted a moratorium on fracking for shale gas that had been in place since 2019, saying strengthening the country’s energy supply was an “absolute priority”.
Business and Energy Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg said all sources of energy needed to be explored, “so it’s right that we’ve lifted the pause to realise any potential sources of domestic gas”.
“In light of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine and weaponisation of energy, strengthening our energy security is an absolute priority,” he said.
Fracking, a process which blasts water, sand and chemicals underground at high pressure to release shale oil and gas, was banned after the industry regulator said it was not possible to predict the magnitude of earthquakes it might trigger.
Under the rules, fracking operations were paused every time the practice caused a 0.5 magnitude earthquake or higher, a level scientists said would need to be increased if Britain is to develop a fracking industry.
A review of acceptable levels of seismic activity said on Thursday that limited exploration to date meant that the understanding of the risks was incomplete.
The government said that ending the ban would allow drilling to restart and m …

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