Tory MPs threaten to rebel over fracking proposals

A group of backbench Conservative MPs are threatening to rebel against the government’s proposal to allow shale gas exploration to proceed without planning permission

Fracking rig
The proposals would remove the need for planning permission for test drilling

A group of backbench Conservative MPs are threatening to rebel against the government’s proposal to allow shale gas exploration to proceed without planning permission.

In July, ministers launched a consultation on whether seismic surveys and test drilling for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, should be treated as “permitted development” in England, removing the need for planning approval.

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