UK government defies court order to release secret fracking report – Unearthed

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The British government has failed to comply with a court order to release key parts of a confidential report on the fracking industry following a years-long legal battle with Unearthed.

The move comes as the government continues to sit on a major report into Russian interference in the EU referendum, and despite a vague election pledge to halt the controversial oil and gas extraction technique.

The failure to release the report will cast further doubt on whether ministers intend to retain the moratorium on fracking for the duration of the next parliament.

Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office Jon Trickett said:

“The Tories’ failure to publish this crucial report on fracking shows contempt for democracy and serves as a stark warning on what lies ahead if Boris Johnson is re-elected.

Whether denying talks to sell-off our NHS or suppressing a report on foreign interference in our politics, this Tory Government repeatedly operates in secret.

Labour will ban fracking, expand the Freedom of Information Act and introduce tough new transparency rules.”

The Cabinet Office, who are failing to release the report, declined to comment.

An Information Tribunal held earlier this year over the Cabinet Office’s repeated denials to produce the report ruled that sections should be disclosed as they could not be classified as “internal communications” once they were shared with independent regulator the Environment Agency.

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