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UK government lifts moratorium on energy fracking to boost oil, gas output

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Britain on Thursday lifted a moratorium on fracking, a controversial method to dig for fossil fuels, in order to boost oil and gas output after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The government had in 2019 called a halt to fracking -- a process which blasts water, sand, and chemicals underground to release shale oil and gas -- due to fears it could trigger earthquakes.

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Shale gas is safe and Britain needs to revisit the limits on seismic activity allowed at fracking sites, business minister Jacob Rees-Mogg said on Thursday.

“We need to revisit the seismic limits to ensure that shale gas extraction can be done in an effective and efficient way,” Rees-Mogg told parliament after the government formally lifted a moratorium on fracking for shale gas.

“We know that shale gas is safe. It is safe in the United States.”

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