This post is tracking politician comments and council votes on government proposals to change the planning rules for shale gas developments in England.
Government shale gas planning changes a “sad blow to public engagement” – Conservative council leader
The leader of Conservative-controlled Derbyshire County Council has said government plans designed to fast-track shale gas will cut local authorities out of decisions with the biggest impact on communities.
People living near proposed shale gas exploration sites have raised concerns over whether their communities will receive payments promised by the industry.
FrackFreeSussex has welcomed the unanimous vote by Wisborough Green Parish Council to oppose a planning application by Celtique Energie for an exploration rig near the village. The group said: “Brilliant example of what can be achieved, against all odds, when a community unites, plans and acts with one voice!” […]