That review was presented to ministers in July and is finally published today. However, it is not really a home experiment for the pro- or anti-fracking groups because it essentially concludes that there is still a great deal of uncertainty about the dangers of fracking.
For example, it states that “predicting earthquakes remains a scientific challenge to the Earth science community” and “estimating the extremes” of earthquakes before and during fracturing “remains a challenge.”
The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy responded to the report by saying that “it’s clear that we need to dig more sites in order to collect better data and improve the evidence base, and we recognize that some developers are eager to help in the process.”
The decision to lift the ban on hydraulic fracturing, in effect since 2019, will now allow these tests. BEIS said this would help build “an understanding of the UK’s shale gas resources and how we can safely implement shale gas extraction in the UK where there is local support”.