Jacob Rees-Mogg made the claims while defending the government's decision to lift the UK's ban on shale gas extraction.
Why it matters
The claims made by Jacob Rees-Mogg are significant as they are baseless and could be seen as an attempt to discredit anti-fracking campaigners. The lifting of the UK's ban on shale gas extraction is also significant as it could have environmental consequences.
What the papers say
All sources report on Jacob Rees-Mogg's claims and the reaction to them. The Independent and Sky News report on the government's decision to lift the UK's ban on shale gas extraction. The Mirror reports on the safety of the process.
How we got here
There has been opposition to fracking in the UK due to concerns about its environmental impact. The government's decision to lift the ban on shale gas extraction has been controversial.
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