Greens hit out at plans to boost shale gas
Environmentalists have condemned measures announced by ministers aimed at making it easier for firms to explore shale gas deposits and carry out fracking.
Business Secretary Greg Clark set out a series of steps to streamline the “disappointingly slow” planning process and create “the world’s most environmentally robust onshore shale gas sector”.
But environmentalists reacted with fury to the plans, which include a consultation on allowing firms in England to use planning rules similar to those for home extensions to carry out exploratory drilling for gas deposits.
Their concerns were dismissed by petrochemicals giant Ineos, which said delays in exploiting UK gas was leading the country to become dependent on imports.
Greenpeace UK’s head of politics Rebecca Newsom accused ministers of “trampling over democracy to prop up this collapsing industry”.