Boris urged to make urgent U-turn on UK fracking ban after Lord Frost's Brexit warning


Express.co.uk launched a survey on Monday asking our readers: “Should the UK ban shale gas extraction after Frost’s Brexit warning?” The results today showed a huge majority wanted the ban lifted.

It came after Lord David Frost and more than 30 other MPs urged the Prime Minister to end the ban on shale gas extraction.

The poll, published on February 14 and open for almost four days, received a huge 5,265 responses from Express.co.uk readers, with 90 percent – 4,758 responses – stating the ban should be lifted.

Just 493 – 9 percent – of voters said the ban should remain in place, while 14 people said they did not know.

The call comes after the only company to frack for shale gas in Britain was ordered to seal off their shale gas wells near Blackpool in 2019.

In a letter addressed to the PM, Lord Frost and other MPs urged Boris Johnson to end the ban on fracking, which they claim could prevent future energy crises like the one the country is currently experiencing.

In a joint letter to the PM, the group pressured him to “reverse this moratorium” which has prohibited the mining of shale gas since 2019.

The letter reportedly argues that lifting the ban would “allow us to combat the cost of living crisis, level up, create jobs, opportunity and a renewed sense of community in the north, improve our energy security, reduce our reliance on imported gas, stabilise energy and achieve net zero without increasing the cost of living for already hard-pressed working families.”

Lord Frost said reversing the fracking ban would herald a “British energy renaissance”.

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He also wrote: “To replace half the gas we import, we’d likely need around 6,000 new wells, with all the associated industrial equipment & endless movements of trucks ferrying toxic chemicals & wastewater to & from sites. It’s hard to imagine communities across the UK being ok with that.

“And given the gas would be produced by private firms and sold at the highest price (internationally), there would likely be no measurable impact on UK gas prices anyway.”

However, the letter organised by the Net Zero Scrutiny Group, stated that shale gas mining would be beneficial.

The group said the Bowland Shale Formation of gas under Lancashire and Yorkshire “offers at least 50 years of cheap and sustainable gas”.

They added: “With the lack of public debate about our strategy to reach net zero, we have abandoned this fundamentally conservative principle… It’s time to reverse this moratorium.”



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