Industry welcomes changes to shale gas planning applications

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Commenting on the announcement by Amber Rudd of changes to planning restrictions on shale gas applications, Paul Raynes, Director of Policy at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said:

“Today’s announcement is a clear demonstration from government that it intends to hit the ground running and get a UK shale gas industry moving. It has been obvious for quite some time that the regulatory quagmire that industry has to wade through is acting as a wholly unnecessary brake on development in the sector. Desperately needed reform was frustratingly slow during the last parliament, but the new government has grasped the nettle and shown it is serious about the issue. Today’s announcement respects democracy and community engagement, and is good for energy security, good for growth and good for the UK.”

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