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Liz Truss to lift fracking ban ‘despite little progress on earthquake risk’

Exclusive: leaked report for government says reducing and predicting risk ‘remains a scientific challenge’

Liz Truss is to lift a ban on fracking despite a leaked government report suggesting little progress has been made in reducing and predicting the risk of earthquakes caused by the practice, the Guardian can reveal.

The first drilling licences in nearly three years are expected to be issued as early as next week, sources said, in a move that will reignite claims of another broken 2019 Conservative manifesto pledge.

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