Barbara has been calling for a debate in Government time on issues and problems caused by fracking for shale gas. She put the request for such a debate to the Leader of the House of Commons on 27th June.
The Conservative-led Government has announced that it will bring in a streamlined planning process to award planning permission for shale gas. There are also plans to significantly reduce 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 one-to-two weeks. The new streamlined planning process is due to be published by the Government by 18th July, which is the last sitting day in Parliament before the summer recess.
The House of Commons Backbench Business Committee has now allocated time on 18th July for a debate on the development of shale gas.
“I asked for a debate on shale gas so that we could talk about the reality of what the exploration and exploitation of shale gas will mean for communities. I am very concerned that speeding up the process for obtaining permits for fracking to one-to-two weeks will mean that communities do not get a say in developments which could really affect their quality of life.”
“I am pleased that the Backbench Business Committee has listened to our representations and allocated time for this important debate on 18th July.”