Minister in safety vow over fracking

Fracking protestors from the Fylde in Brighton at the Liberal Democrat party Conference.

Fracking protestors from the Fylde in Brighton at the Liberal Democrat party Conference.

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A GOVERNMENT minister has vowed safety will come first when considering fracking on the Fylde coast.

In a House of Commons debate on energy in Lancashire, Business Innovation and Skills minister John Hayes said there would be rigorous safety measures before the controversial gas drilling process was allowed to go ahead.

He said: “Before there is any return to the exploration necessary – long before production by the way – I will ensure rigorous measures are in place to minimise risk, to take local community interest into account, and to allow for a rigorous and thorough planning process.”

 

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