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Responding to the announcement slipped out by the Department for Energy and Climate Change that it is removing people’s rights to object to fracking beneath their properties, Friends of the Earth Senior Campaigner Jane Thomas said:

“With 99% of the respondents opposing the Government’s plans to allow fracking under people’s homes without their permission – it is clear that this was a sham consultation.

“This Government seems hell-bent on fracking irrespective of widespread opposition. You’d think with a general election approaching politicians would listen to public opinion and get behind the popular energy solutions of cutting waste and backing renewables.

“Fracking for more fossil fuels will cause more pollution and bring about more catastrophic climate change - the Government should stop making things easier for the frackers and allow people a say in what happens beneath their property.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

1.DECC published the outcome of its consultation at 17.42 on Thursday 25 September showing that 99% of those responding were against the removal of rights for property owners to object to fracking beneath their property: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/underground-drilling-access 

2.Friends of the Earth briefing on fracking available at: https://www.foe.co.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/shale-gas-not-all-its-fracked-be-18119.pdf

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