Cameron’s fracking drive causes concern in county

NDET 16-10-12 RKH 2 Calow residents protest at the planned gas drilling on Dark Lane.

NDET 16-10-12 RKH 2 Calow residents protest at the planned gas drilling on Dark Lane.

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Green campaigners and concerned homeowners have slammed financial incentives for councils that permit fracking as “bribery”.

David Cameron’s declaration that he is going “all out for shale” as part of his long-term economic plan has sparked worry over planning authorities remaining impartial.

Council’s stand to gain 100 per cent of business rates collected from a fracking scheme – estimated at £1.7m a year per site. Up to £10m more could be claimed by councils from shale exploration firms, who are to pay out £100,000 when a test well is fracked and one per cent of any revenues.

 

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