Tories latest Fracking plan: pretend to listen to residents while riding roughshod over local democracy
Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the South East, has responded to the government's latest fracking consultation labelling plans to 'engage with local communities over shale gas exploration proposals' a 'sham' while Ministers are also proposing removing planning decisions for drilling operations from local authorities.
The government's consultation on 'Compulsory community pre-application consultation for shale gas development' closes on January 9 2019. In his response to the consultation, the senior Green politician restated his opposition to fracking anywhere in England.
Mr Taylor added:
"It's a shameless sham to suggest that these proposals will mean residents voices will be listened to on fracking. They are already routinely ignored and, to add insult to injury, the government is planning to ride roughshod over their locally elected representatives too. All in the name of fast-tracking fracking on communities and a country that overwhelmingly supports renewable energy."