UK to fast-track fracking applicationsSeptember 2015
The UK government is attempting to fast-track fracking applications through the planning system.
It says the plans that will ensure local people have a strong say over the development of shale exploration in their area – but will ensure communities and the industry benefit from a swift process for developing safe and suitable new sites.
Energy Secretary Amber Rudd said that oversight by the Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency of shale developments ensured the government’s commitment to safety and the environment.
Communities Secretary Greg Clark commented: “There is huge potential right across the country for safe and sustainable use of shale gas, to provide a clean long term energy source and create British jobs and growth.
“People’s safety and the environment will remain paramount and communities will always be involved in planning applications but no one benefits from uncertainty caused by delays in planning decisions.”
The Government insists that shale is a national priority, helping to move the UK to a low-carbon economy.
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