Fracking Week in Parliament. What is the government doing to determine whether there’s any evidence that Russia has issued fake news to discredit the UK fracking industry? This question was put to ministers by the former Conservative Home Office Minister, David Maclean.
The energy minister, Andrea Leadsom, promised today there would be “no compromise” on taking account of the views of local communities on fracking.
The industry-funded Task Force on Shale Gas has recommended fracking should get underway to establish how much gas there is in the UK. But its chair, Lord Chris Smith, has criticised the government decision to cancel a £1 billion competition to develop technology for carbon capture and storage […]
The government must be prepared for significant grass roots opposition if it pushes ahead with plans to fast track shale gas, a public opinion survey published today concludes.
UK shale gas would make only a small dent in the nation’s net imports of gas, according to a briefing by Friends of the Earth. Reducing demand and electricity decarbonisation would have a much bigger impact.