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Commenting on moves announced today [Monday 13 January 2013] to enable councils to keep all business rate revenue from shale gas schemes in their area, Jane Thomas, Friends of the Earth Senior Campaigner, said:

"This latest Government move highlights the depth of local opposition to fracking and the desperate lengths ministers are prepared to go to overcome it.

“People are right to be concerned about the impact of shale gas extraction on their communities - especially as experts say it won’t lead to cheaper fuel bills.

"This move raises potentially serious concerns about conflicts of interest, if  councils that benefit from this money are also the ones who decide on planning applications from fracking firms in the first place.
“The Government should be encouraging the development of Britain’s huge renewable power potential, instead of coming up with new incentives that keep the nation hooked on climate-changing fossil fuels.”

Notes to editors:
1. Leading Tory backbencher Andrew Tyrie MP, chair of the Treasury select committee, has raised concerns about possible conflicts of interest if councils who stand to benefit financially from allowing fracking are also those making decisions about whether to grant planning permission.
2. Total to invest in UK shale gas - Friends of the Earth press release.
3. Fracking is a dirty word. The Government is threatening to puncture our green and pleasant land with countless fracking rigs in a headlong dash for gas, with little thought to local people. Shale gas is a dirty fossil fuel that contributes to climate change, and it poses serious local environmental risks such as water contamination and shortages. Meanwhile, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest it won’t lower fuel bills, and it risks taking much-needed investment away from renewables and energy saving. For more information, and to send a clear message to the Government that fracking is a dirty word, visit


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