30 Jul '13, 12pm

Government energy adviser recommends targeting fracking in 'desolate' North East

Government energy adviser recommends targeting fracking in 'desolate' North East

One of the government's senior energy advisers has argued that fracking in the UK should be focused on the "large, desolate and uninhabited areas" of the north east, contrasting the region with the "beautiful rural areas" where concerns over the environmental impact of shale gas exploration are justified. The Conservative peer Lord Howell, who advises Foreign Secretary William Hague on energy and resource security and is also father-in-law to George Osborne, argued in the House of Lords today that it would be unhelpful to "discuss fracking in terms of the whole United Kingdom in one go". FURTHER READING Green Investment Bank fires up £81m Northern Ireland biomass plant Former Tory minister Charles Hendry takes job with party donor "There are obviously in beautiful rural areas, worries not just about the drilling and the fracking, which I think are exaggerated, but about th...

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