Craig Bennett, Friends of The Earth
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Green lobby dismiss fracking 'hype'

Friends of the Earth say that renewable energy and energy efficiency are more effective solution to UK energy problem than fracking

The government claims that tight restrictions in the new licences that have been made available to frack for shale gas across vast sheaths of the UK means areas of outstanding natural beauty and national parks will not be drilled, unless there are 'exceptional circumstances'.

A number of incentives to help kick-start the industry have also been included including tax breaks, payments of £100,000 per site plus a 1% share of revenue to local communities.

Craig Bennet from Friends of the Earth said the concessions indicated that the government recognised the problems involved with fracking and called the process "a huge load of hype".

  • 28 Jul
  • From the section UK