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Title:Tory anger over plan to buy local fracking support
Date:9/22/2022 10:08:19 AM

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Jacob Rees-Mogg says it is "important" to use all available sources of fuel within the UK rather than import them.

The government is facing a backlash from its own MPs over its decision to lift a ban on fracking in England.

Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg promised local people would be consulted before fracking gets under way in their area.

He declined to say how they would be asked, but claimed that fracking would become popular if drilling firms paid residents for the "inconvenience".

He faced claims he was trying to buy people off, in a heated Commons debate.

He told MPs: "We should not be ashamed of paying people who are going to be the ones who don't get the immediate benefit of the gas but have the disruption."

Pressed further on whether consent would be obtained through local referendums or the planning process, Mr Rees-Mogg said: "It will be a matter that is dealt with in a governmental way."

Tory MP Mark Fletcher said it appeared communities would be "bought off" to allow fracking - a technique for recovering gas and oil from shale rock - under the government's plans.

The MP for Bolsover, a former Labour stronghold in Derbyshire, said: "I've listened carefully to the secretary of state and I have to say the local consent plans don't seem to wash.

"It seems to come back to communities being bought off rather than having a vote."

'Dangerous fantasy'

A number of cabinet ministers have expressed opposition to fracking in the past, including Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng who told the Daily Mail earlier this year: "Even if we lifted the fracking moratorium tomorrow, it would take up to a decade to extract sufficient volumes - and it would come at a high cost for communities and our precious countryside."

A string of Tory, Labour and Lib Dem MPs with potential fracking sites in their constituencies joined in with the...

Date Added:9/23/2022 6:38:55 AM