26 August 2018
The UK government silently opened a public consultation on fracking on 19 July. The consultation aims to collect feedback on a controversial piece of legislation aimed at changing local planning rules.
If approved, fracking companies could be allowed to drill without having to submit local planning applications, threatening communities and weakening UK’s climate record in the process.
The consultation is expected to be open for the next 12 weeks. Environmental groups call on citizens to massively engage in the process and reject the proposed legislation.
The planning proposal effectively bypasses local councils, classifying exploratory shale drilling as “permitted development”, a planning category originally designed for sheds, fences and other minor home improvements.
Template letter for councils and MP's from Fossil Free UK check this page: https://gofossilfree.org/uk/let-communities-decide/