Government to launch latest round of fracking licenses
This week the Department of Energy & Climate Change is expected to launch its ‘14th onshore licensing round’, inviting companies to bid for fracking rights in previously untouched parts of the UK.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, new Minister for Business, Enterprise and Energy Matthew Hancock has also revealed Government plans to fast track approval for those companies who want to frack.
In response, Friends of the Earth’s energy campaigner Tony Bosworth said:
“Today the risk of fracking has spread: this threat to the environment and public health could now affect millions more people.
“Those who thought that fracking would only happen in other places will now worry about it happening on their doorstep
“Fracking is increasingly politically toxic and is far from being seen as the ‘holy grail’ of energy policy by those local to proposed drilling sites.
“The decision last week at Wisborough Green is a reminder of local opposition – politicians supporting fracking could face big electoral problems.”
Notes to editors
- Friends of the Earth briefing on fracking available here.