Energy minister hasn’t visited a shale gas site


The energy minister who promotes economic benefits of shale gas has not visited a site, she said this week.

She also appears to have back-tracked on hints that she might relax rules on earthquakes induced by fracking.

Claire Perry had been asked by a fellow Conservative how many shale gas exploration and hydraulic fracturing sites she had visited.

Replying to the written question by Lee Rowley, MP for North East Derbyshire, Ms Perry said:

“I have had a number of meetings with stakeholders interested in shale gas exploration, but have not yet had opportunity to visit a site.”

The reply came a day after Ms Perry criticised the shadow business secretary, Rebecca Long-Bailey, for not going into Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site during a meeting with protesters (DrillOrDrop report)

Lee Rowley MP North East Derbyshire

In a series of questions, Mr Rowley, who has opposed Ineos plans for shale gas…

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