The Sunday Telegraph reported that the Government plans take away the right of local council to decide on future shale gas production in their area.
Wasn’t this an attack on local democracy and devolution? Absolutely.
Charity Friends of the Earth, which leaked the letter show that the Tories plans to have industrial-scale shale gas fracking production in Britain “within 10 years”.
The letter to George Osborne said that Tory ministers want to take away the right to decide on fracking wells away from local councils.
What’s odd is that the decision would totally go against the government’s own commitment.
In 2012, David Cameron assured Tory MPs at PMQs that local councils would have a say in deciding whether fracking would come to their towns
The Prime Minister: As my hon. Friend will know, all fracking operations for shale gas have been suspended while we study the minor tremors that occurred in Blackpool last year. The Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society have produced a full independent review into the risks of fracking and I can assure my hon. Friend that any future shale gas production would have to meet stringent safety and environmental standards, follow deep consultation with local communities and fit within our overall energy commitments.
What happened to that “deep consultation” now?
The Conservatives like devolving power and consultation until local communities disagree with their decisions.