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The government has stopped asking the British public whether they are for or against fracking for shale gas just weeks before the first fracking operation in seven years is due to start.
The number of people against extracting shale gas has outweighed those in favour since 2015, and the latest polling by officials found 32% opposed with just 18% in support.
A UK government report concluding that shale gas extraction increases air pollution was left unpublished for three years and only released four days after ministers approved fracking in Lancashire, it has emerged.
The report, written by the government’s Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG), was given to ministers in 2015, but was published quietly on 27 July.
Pictured: Theresa May with the man who forced fracking onto Lancashire, despite him living hundreds of miles away.
Exposure to chemicals used in fracking can lead to permanent brain damage in newborns and children, leading to learning disabilities, neurological disorders and birth defects. Caroline Cox, research director at the Center for Environmental Health, joins “News with Ed” on RT to explain the study and its implications.
As with everything else, the Tories are too keen to put profit before health.
The communities secretary, Sajid Javid, made significant legal errors when he overturned a council’s refusal to allow test drilling at a fracking site in Lancashire, a court has been told. Source Backup
Probably another error was that he accepted payment from a pro-fracking group before authorising the site to be fracked, overruling the residents. Source
Tory MP Sajid Javid received funds from a pro-fracking company before permitting fracking in Lancashire, overriding their council.
Tory MP approves fracking 120 MILES from where he lives – overriding their local council’s decision not to frack
Is this democracy? Tory MP Sajid Javid who lives in Worcestershire decided to overrule Lancashire County Council forcing Lancashire residents to have their land fracked.
Families who live on top of shale gas deposits could receive a “frackpot” of thousands of pounds under plans by Theresa May to spread the benefits of shale exploration.
The prime minister has intervened to expand a consultation on the “shale wealth fund” to consider direct payments to residents as well as money for community trusts and councils.
Towns and villages are already in line for up to 10% of tax revenues from fracking of shale gas in their area. The fund, announced last year by George Osborne, then chancellor, could pay up to £10m to each region of England.
Theresa May’s plans to compensate those affected by fracking are denounced as a ‘bribe’ by environmentalists.