The government has revealed there was overwhelming opposition to its plans – now shelved – to speed up development of the shale gas industry.
The government is seeking views on whether shale gas companies should be required to consult local people before they formally submit plans for an area.
Three petitions with a total of 300,000+ signatures were handed in this morning to the government, opposing its plans to fast-track fracking decisions in England.
Campaigners assemble model rig outside government department in protest at shale gas planning changes
Opponents of government plans to fast-track shale gas exploration assembled a 4m model drilling rig in Westminster this morning.
This post is tracking politician comments, council votes and petition signatures on government proposals to change the planning rules for shale gas developments in England.
Government proposals to make changes to the planning rules for shale gas and fracking are to come under scrutiny at a meeting of MPs next month.
The Labour MP, Louise Haigh (left), has questioned the government about the basis of the written ministerial statement, issued earlier this month, on shale gas and fracking.