Campaign groups have lined up in opposition to fracking as the bidding process for licences gets underway, with claims that the process is bad for the environment and unsafe to the public.
Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth say plans to protect National Parks will not quieten protesters, adding that communities should be offered the same safeguards.
Today the risk of fracking has spread. This threat to the environment and public health could now affect millions more people.
Ministers waited until the parliamentary recess to make their move, no doubt aware of the political headache this will cause to MPs whose constituencies will be affected.
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The letter was signed by the CBI, British Chambers of Commerce, the EEF, the Institute of Directors and the Federation of Small Businesses.
A spokesperson said Rory Stewart's remarks were in line with the British government’s stated position.
The minister's intervention will come a week after Trump decertified the landmark agreement claiming it was not in the US national interest.