Public Health England says the risks to people's health from fracking are low as long as the process is "properly run and regulated"
Fracking close to an important wildlife site could disturb birds, conservationists warned as they lodged an objection to the planned scheme.
Church of England in Lancashire questions if fracking is a threat to God's creation
– Michael Fallon, Energy Minister
Shale gas could play an important part in our energy mix. The next step is for industry is to establish how much gas is technically and commercially recoverable.
With the package we've announced on planning, environmental regulations and community benefits, its clear that we want to encourage a shale industry that is safe and doesn't damage the environment.
Tax breaks and fast-tracked permits for controversial shale gas exploration are likely to form part of the multi-billion pound infrastructure package aimed at kick-starting sluggish economic growth. British reserves of the energy source are much higher than previously thought.
Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander will also reveal details of projects such as new road and rail capacity, science facilities and nuclear power stations, in a Commons statement.
A group opposed to the process of fracking to remove gas from under Lancashire has set up a camp in Tarelton.
The protest comes after Lord Browne, head of Cuadrilla Resources, the company drilling for the gas, said Lancashire could become "gas HQ" for European energy needs.
Cuadrilla's Francis Egan speaks to ITV Granada about the latest fracking research study.
Cuadrilla Resources, the company behind Lancashire’s controversial ‘fracking’ industry has put its exploration plans on hold until next year until an environmental impact assessment (EIA) takes place.
The company said the assessments are "business as normal" for Cuadrilla.
Those in favour of the controversial drilling technique say fracking is safe and could help stop us importing gas from abroad.
Those against talk about pollution to our water supplies and claim it causes small earthquakes.
Greenpeace protesters are staging an anti-fracking demonstration outside the Chancellor's constituency office in Knutsford, Cheshire.
The activists have set up a live webcam showing the mock-frack which is currently displayed on greenpeace.org.uk.