“With this in mind, it is important that policy on shale gas extraction reflects this.”
Several Conservative MPs opposed the announcement in the House of Commons.
Sir Greg Knight said: “Isn’t it that predicting seismic events as a result of fracking remains a challenge for experts?
“Isn’t that a risk of an unknown quantity to pursue exploration for shale gas nowadays?
“Does he realize that public safety is not a currency that some of us choose to speculate with?”
Mark Menzies, MP for Lancashire Tory, said ministers should determine how they would get local approval from hydraulic fracturing if Ms Truss was “a woman who keeps her promise”.
Reese-Mogg said that while he has “nothing official” to announce local approval, fracking companies will be required to offer compensation packages to those who live near their sites.
“We shouldn’t be shy about paying people who are going to be the ones who won’t get the immediate benefit of the gas but have a turmoil,” he said.
He added: “I think the hysteria about seismic activity does not understand that the Richter scale is a logarithmic scale.
“This (cracking) is that important, and it’s pure irony against it.”