The Conservative-led Government has announced it will bring in a streamlined planning process to give permission for fracking. Detailed guidelines on the planning and permit regimes for shale gas are due to be published by 18th July.
The Government also says it plans to reduce significantly the time it takes firms to obtain permits for exploration for shale gas. By February 2014, the target time for the Environment Agency to issue such permits is to be reduced to 1-2 weeks.
Barbara is opposed to fracking and exploring for shale gas at Barton Moss. Barbara asked the Leader of the House for a debate on this:
“The Government is proposing to put out its guidance for a new planning regime for shale gas on July 18th, which is the last day that Parliament is sitting before the summer. I asked for a debate so that we can talk about the impact on communities from exploration and exploitation of shale gas. I also want to find out what rights communities will have in the so-called “streamlined” planning process for shale gas.”
“I will continue to push for debate on this, it is a vital issue for Barton Moss and Irlam. But the Government cannot rush headlong without the community having a say.”