There has indeed been “enormous debate” on the subject of fracking – ending with the Conservatives being told fracking should not be allowed unless under strict conditions (laid down by Labour) and never under national parks.
Obviously that’s not what the Tories wanted, so they have taken advantage of the fact that the British public gave them a tiny working majority at the last election to reverse the situation.
Bye bye, beautiful national parks.
Bye bye, Paris agreement to cut fossil fuels.
Hello, polluted water supplies.
Hello, all the other harmful effects that Tories have told us won’t happen.
Who will pay, when they do?
MPs have voted to allow fracking for shale gas 1,200m below national parks and other protected sites.
The new regulations – which permit drilling from outside the protected areas – were approved by 298 to 261.
Opposition parties and campaigners criticised the lack of a Commons debate – and accused ministers of a U-turn as they previously pledged an outright ban on fracking in national parks.
The government said its plans would protect “our most precious landscapes”.
Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom also said there had already been “enormous debate” on the subject.
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