Fracking could be a financial boon to poor and remote parts of the UK, according to former environment secretary and climate change sceptic Owen Paterson.
The Conservative MP, who was sacked b y David Cameron in the summer, also said the government was losing the battle to develop shale gas to a very powerful ‘green blob’ of environmental campaigners.
You can read more about Mr Paterson’s attack on everything from the country’s climate change commitments to campaigners in his local consituency here.
Meanwhile, The planning sub-committee at the Shirehall in Shrewsbury unanimously rejected Dart Energy’s proposal to drill for gas on Brooklands Farm (in Owen Paterson’s constituency.)
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