Welsh Tories say Wales' fracking ban should stay

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Welsh Tories say Wales' fracking ban should stay

Welsh Conservatives in the Senedd have backed Wales' keeping its ban on fracking, despite the Tory UK government's decision to end a mortarium in England.

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Labour Welsh ministers have opposed any new oil and gas extraction, including fracking, for years.

The UK government argued an end to the ban was needed because of the impact of the war in Ukraine on energy supplies.

But the Welsh Tory group said it will "continue to support the moratorium".

A former Conservative Welsh Secretary said there is no appetite for fracking in Wales and that offshore wind has a "far bigger role to play".

On Thursday the Welsh government confirmed it was not changing its policy, saying UK wide gas reserves are too small to "meaningfully" affect prices.

The Welsh government opposes all oil and gas extraction, regardless of whether it uses fracking or not, because of the impact on climate change.

It has held onshore licensing powers since 2018.

Fracking is a way of mining gas and oil from shale rock, using a high-pressure mixture of water and sand.

Concerns about earth tremors led to a moratorium on fracking in England in 2019.