Earlier this year Energy Secretary Amber Rudd said “no more onshore wind farms without local community support”.
Contrast that statement with the announcement last week that the decision to allow fracking in Lancashire will be made directly by the Government. This Government’s determination to pursue fracking will therefore come with the cost of ignoring local democracy and the concerns of local people. What is also puzzling is why, given the potential for shale gas production in his own constituency George Osborne, one of the biggest cheerleaders for the industry, isn’t actively encouraging the likes of Cuadrilla to frack on his patch? Why, if as the chancellor and his Government would have us believe, shale gas production is a boost for local economy and jobs, are they not fracking in Knutsford?