Government ministers were questioned by MPs last night about their proposals to take fracking decisions out of local control and scrap the need for planning applications for exploration sites.
Fracking Week in Parliament 2 The planning application by Third Energy to frack at Kirby Misperton cost North Yorkshire County Council more than £500,000, MPs were told this week.
Weekend long read: Is shale gas nationally important and should decisions be taken out of local control?
The shale gas industry and its opponents had a rare moment of agreement in a committee room in Westminster this week.
Concerns inevitable but regulation will make fracking safe, MPs told The new environment secretary, Elizabeth Truss, told MPs this afternoon that people could have confidence in fracking because, with proper regulation, it was safe and had a low impact on the environment.