The British government has lifted the ban on water fracturing of shale gas, says Politico. The government justified lifting the ban by securing energy security due to the crisis caused by Russia’s war of aggression.
Water fracturing of shale gas has been banned in England since 2019. One reason is concern over whether fracking will cause earthquakes. Great Britain’s goal of reducing its carbon dioxide emissions to zero by 2050 has also influenced the ban on fracking.
The new prime minister Liz Truss emphasizes increasing energy security and encourages Britain to investigate fossil fuel reserves more closely. Trussi’s goal is to make Britain a net exporter of energy by 2040.
Britain also confirmed on Thursday that it supports a new round of licenses to search for oil and gas deposits in the North Sea.
British Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg supported lifting the ban.
“Given Putin’s criminal invasion of Ukraine and the use of energy as a weapon, ensuring energy security is a priority. As the Prime Minister said, our goal is to be a net exporter of energy by 2040 and to get there we need to explore all options such as solar, wind, oil and gas production. Lifting the ban was the right decision so we can identify potential sources of domestic gas,” Rees-Mogg said.
The ban remains in place in Scotland and Wales.