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At the beginning of November, the Conservative government announced a moratorium on fracking in the UK – ‘until compelling new evidence is provided’ proving that hydraulic fracturing of shale rock for oil and gas could be safe.

Anti-fracking activists, remembering the 2011 moratorium that was lifted in December 2012, said they would continue to campaign for an outright ban.

Steve Mason from Frack Free United said: ‘Our call has always been for an immediate halt to fracking and associated methods of unconventional oil and gas extraction in the UK, such as coal-bed methane and acidisation.’

The moratorium has not halted the planned Horse Hill oil wells that would use acidisation on shale:

Topics: Energy