Has David Cameron instructed DECC to omit his Witney constituency from the areas currently under offer in the 14th round of onshore licensing?
Relentless local protests and a damning report have dealt a double blow to a fledgling fracking industry, but the companies aren’t going to go away.
Defra has discontinued the study, and a spokesman at the Department for Energy and Climate Change (Decc) said it had not done any specific impact assessment on farming and food production because it was satisfied the risks of fracking could be managed.
Decc said it based this on the findings of two reports – but Farmers Weekly found that neither of these looked in any detail at the impact on farming businesses and food production.
Lancashire councillors fail to decide whether to allow fracking for shale gas in the UK for the first time since 2011, deferring decision until Monday