Now ministers go cool on fracking plan

Proposals to look again at fracking are set to be put on the back burner even though the UK’s only shale gas wells have been given a year-long reprieve.

Boris Johnson is under pressure to use fracking to bring down energy prices, but last night sources said the process is unlikely to feature in the Government’s energy security strategy.

More onshore wind could be included despite opposition from Tory MPs.

Fracking involves injecting liquid at high pressure into rocks to force open cracks and extract oil or gas, but it has been blamed for earth tremors. A Whitehall source said: ‘Until compelling scientific evidence states that fracking can be done safely, the moratorium will remain in place.’