The UK Government has imposed a ban on shale gas extraction - or fracking – amid concerns over potential earthquakes.
Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom said the ban, which came in the wake of a report which said it was not possible to predict the probability or size of tremors, may be temporary "until and unless" extraction is proved safe.
Politicians from Labour, the Lib Dems and the Green Party welcomed the move although some also criticised it as ‘electioneering’ and environmentalists reiterated their calls for a permanent ban on the practice.
Energy company Cuadrilla has said it hopes to address concerns so that the moratorium can be lifted.
Ken Cronin, chief executive of industry group UK Onshore Oil and Gas, added: "Hydraulic fracturing stimulation is a long-standing technology used around the world and in a number of industries, including the oil and gas, water and geothermal sectors.
"Going forward, we are fully committed to working closely with the Oil and Gas Authority and other relevant regulators to demonstrate that we can operate safely and environmentally responsibly."