Fracking

UK Government to fast track fracking applications

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has announced new powers for the government to step in if local councils are attempting to delay fracking applications. They have set a limit of 16 weeks for local councils to either accept or decline the applications, stating that extra delays do not benefit either side.

In May 2014 Quadrilla submitted plans to drill four wells in Lancashire, however, the decision was repeatedly delayed. It is this kind of situation that the government is determined to avoid and the new powers will allow them to intervene if this sort of situation happens again.

Could fracking pull down your house price?

A recent government report has reviled that a fracking site within a mile of your home could reduce the value of your property. Fracking or Hydraulic Fracturing is the process of using pressurised liquid to fracture the rocks deep beneath the ground, to allow any natural resources such as gas and oil to move more freely.

Anti-fracking advert banned by watchdog

An anti-fracking advert by Greenpeace has been banned by the UK Watchdog for claiming that fracking will not reduce energy prices. The investigation into the advert found that the claim did not have enough evidence and would confuse the public into thinking that experts had stated that fracking would defiantly not reduce energy prices.

20% of Labour and Lib Dems will oppose fracking

Over a fifth of Labour and Lib Dem candidates have said that they will oppose fracking despite their parties supporting it. This came to light when ‘The Pledge’ was circulated by green piece which asked the candidates if they will appose fracking if their constituency will be an area that will be fracked, or appose fracking nationwide if their constituency isn’t an area that will be fracked. Among the Lib Dems who signed there was 7 of the frond bench.