The UK energy minister said this evening that fracking was over and the government had “moved on”. Kwasi Kwarteng was speaking during an interview about a cryogenic battery facility that will store renewable energy. Asked by Roger Johnson, of BBC North West Tonight, whether a shift to renewables marked the end of fracking, the minister said: “We had a moratorium on fracking last year and frankly the debate’s moved on. It is not something that we’re looking to do. We’ve always said we’d be evidence-backed so if there was a time when the science evidence changed our minds we would be open to that. But for now, fracking is over.” The moratorium, introduced in England in November 2019 and still in force, was a response to seismic activity induced by fracking at Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road, near Blackpool.
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