Election 2017: Conservatives back fracking ‘revolution’ in the party manifesto : Independent

Non-fracking wells – such as those used to explore possible fracking sites – to become permitted development, so would not need planning permission.

The Conservatives have committed to allowing the controversial process of fracking for shale gas in Britain.

However, the party manifesto makes clear there will need to be public support for such schemes, saying local people will benefit financially.

Fracking has raised fears of the industrialisation of the countryside, and there are concerns it will bring online another source of fossil fuels despite the need to reduce carbon emissions.

Cases of air and water pollution has also fuelled opposition in the US, where the process is widespread.

Labour, the Greens and the Liberal Democrats have all said they will oppose fracking.

The Tory manifesto says: “The discovery and extraction of shale gas in the United States has been a revolution. Gas prices have fallen, driving growth in the American economy and pushing down prices for consumers.

“The US has become less reliant on imported foreign energy and is more secure as a result.

“We will therefore develop the shale industry in Britain.



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