Fracking commissioner appointed by government

A former Labour MP has become the new commissioner for shale gas, appointed by the government to bridge the gap between local communities, the shale gas industry and regulators.

The former MP for North East Derbyshire, Natascha Engel, was promoted to the position last Friday.

Following her defeat in the last election, Engel has worked as an adviser to chemicals firm Ineos.

The independent commissioner for shale gas is intended to provide “clear, impartial information to all parties and in particular those local communities most affected by shale gas development”, the government said.

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