Councillors in Sheffield have voted to ban fracking on land by owned by the city. They also criticised the government’s shale gas policy and backed Labour’s call for a moratorium.
The former planning minister, Brandon Lewis, said tonight he believed decisions on shale gas should be made by local people, through their local authority.
People have 11 weeks to comment on government proposals for payments from a shale wealth fund in a consultation which opened today.
Communities facing fracking for shale gas – or the possibility of it – criticised the planning system at a meeting in the Houses of Parliament this afternoon.
In this Fracking Week in Politics: Cat Smith on community veto and local decision-making for fracking plans David Nuttall on protecting protected areas from shale development Peers on how “planning in principle” affects fracking Neil Findlay on Scottish government meetings with shale gas companies Sarah Boyack on cost of fracking […]
The Cuadrilla public inquiry which closed this week defined the arguments that are likely to be rehearsed across the country when new fracking applications are decided.
Last week, four councils criticised government powers to override local decision-making on fracking applications.
In this Fracking Week in Westminster In a debate on The Energy Bill, MPs discussed: Methane emissions and meeting carbon targets Local decisions on fracking planning applications The Scottish moratorium Falling oil prices and the viability of shale gas Also: the impact of fracking on the steel industry, […]
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Two peers have urged the government to ensure the south is not treated differently from the north over exploration for shale oil and gas.