28 Jul '14, 2pm

Fact-check:

Fact-check:

This story is updated - see bottom. The government’s announcement that National Parks will be protected from exploratory oil and gas drilling contains almost nothing new - based on a comparison of planning guidance from today and 2012. In fact, so far as we can tell, the announcement actually makes it easier for developers to drill in national parks - by giving the Communities secretary the automatic right to overrule local authorities who reject an application. Given the spin put out this morning - and sold to almost every paper - we feel we must have missed something, but here is the story so far. See Also: Cabinet, marginal seats licensed in 14th round | Energydesk National parks, drinking water zones licensed in 14th round | Energydesk The press release is fairly clear: “The new guidance published today will protect Britain’s great national parks and outstanding landsc...

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