The government has two consultations running until October 25, 2018, which aim to fast-track fracking across England.
They want to treat shale gas exploration as ‘permitted development’, which means there is no need to apply for planning application to do it.
Although we do not have fracking for shale gas in Surrey, there is a high likelihood that this weakening of regulation of shale gas proposals will be extended to cover shale oil, which we do have, and acid stimulation, which is the technique used to extract it.
There is strong opposition to the government’s attempt to undermine local democracy and cut local residents out of decision-making on shale gas proposals.
At least 20 Conservative MPs are planning to rebel.
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Keith Taylor, the Green MEP for South East England, has produced a briefing to help individuals respond to the consultations.