97%+ rejected government plans to fast-track fracking

 

The government has revealed there was overwhelming opposition to its plans – now shelved – to speed up development of the shale gas industry.

Results of a public consultation published this morning show that 97.5% opposed a proposal to class exploratory drilling for shale gas as permitted development, avoiding the need for a full planning application.

98% opposed a parallel idea to treat major fracking production sites as National Significant Infrastructure Projects, bypassing decisions by councils. Only 1% of participants supported this proposal.

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Fracking, is there a ban or a moratorium or a tempory halt?

CONTRAVERSIAL fracking will no longer be allowed because of new scientific analysis, the Government has said.

Business and Energy Secretary Andrea Leadsom said: “It is clear that we cannot rule out future unacceptable impacts on the local community and for this reason, I have concluded that we should put a moratorium on fracking in England with immediate effect.”

Hours after announcing the moratorium she affirmed that shale gas remained a “huge opportunity” for the UK as long as it could be extracted safely”.
 
There must be an election in the offing methinks!! 
 

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Anti-fracking campaigner files High Court challenge over oil and gas clean-up costs

Legal papers were submitted this morning in a challenge against the shale gas regulator about who should pay for decommissioning sites. It came on the day that a report by the government’s spending watchdog raised concerns over clean-up costs for fracking. The investigation by the National Audit Office concluded that the government had been unable to explain who would meet decommissioning costs if a shale gas operator went out of business and landowners were unable to pay

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Case for fracking destroyed by public spending watchdog

 

Almost gone .The Cuadrilla drill on low loader is escorted away from  UK site by a massive contingent of Police Officers who blocked the road for some twenty minutes to prevent any vehicles following the lorry.

The fracking industry has been dealt a major blow, after a report from the National Audit Office found that shale gas development has cost taxpayers millions with the economic benefits ‘very unclear’.

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