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The Government has launched a consultation on community involvement in shale gas proposals in an effort to ‘open a meaningful dialogue’.
More than £9bn is being invested in the fracking indistry by council pension funds, new figures have revealed today.
A planning application to explore underground shale gas reserves in Derbyshire has been given a green light despite objections from the county council.
The majority of Tory councillors (80%) believe fracking companies should be required to submit a planning application before drilling, according to the results of a new poll.
The Government yesterday launched a consultation on plans to allow drilling for shale gas to go ahead without planning permission.
Government plans to move decisions on fracking applications away from local planning authorities would be 'hugely harmful' to local democracy, MPs warn.
The Government has launched a raft of new measures, including a £1.6m fund, to help local authorities deal with shale gas drilling applications.
MPs have launched an inquiry into the planning guidance for fracking provided to local authorities.
A £1b fund has been announced for communities near fracking sites to pay for extra facilities including parks, sports centres and libraries.
Campaigners have been granted permission to appeal against the decision to allow fracking in Lancashire.