Fast track for fracking bids: Ministers set to be given powers to speed up applications if they are being delayed by councils

  • Ministers fear UK will have to rely on imports and solar and wind power
  • Energy Secretary says current system allows ‘dragged out’ applications
  • Amber Rudd warns delays could spell ‘death’ of ‘vital national industry’
  • UK ‘could import 75% of its oil and gas by 2030 if it doesn’t exploit shale’
Warning: Energy Secretary Amber Rudd (pictured) said the current system allowed applications to be 'dragged out for months or even years on end'

 

Fracking sites could be fast-tracked through the planning system under new rules to be announced this week.

Ministers will be given new powers to push through shale gas applications if they are being held up by councils.

It is a response to concerns from ministers that Britain will have to rely on unstable imports and expensive solar and wind power.

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd warned the current system allowed applications to be ‘dragged out for months or even years on end’.

The delays could spell the ‘death’ of a ‘vital national industry’, she said.

Miss Rudd warned that Britain could be forced to import three-quarters of all its oil and gas by 2030 if it doesn’t exploit shale.

Applications for shale sites have been held up amid ferocious opposition from green campaigners and and some local residents’ groups.

Ministers are frustrated at Britain’s failure to join the fracking revolution which has transformed energy supplies in the US – and slashed energy bills.

Writing in the Sunday Times, Miss Rudd said: ‘We need more secure, home-grown energy supplies and shale gas must play a part.

‘We can’t continue with a system that sees applications dragged out for months, or even years on end which doesn’t give certainty to industry and which could spell the end of a potentially vital national industry.’

She added: ‘Planning authorities generally fail to meet a target to process environmentally sensitive applications in 16 weeks or less.’

Fired up: Ministers are frustrated at Britain’s failure to join the fracking revolution which has transformed energy supplies in the US (including in Bradford County, Pennsylvania - pictured) - and slashed energy bills

Official estimates suggest shale could create more than 60,000 new jobs in the UK, and bring billions of pounds in revenue for the taxpayer.

It could also see communities benefit, as a slice of revenue is set aside for local councils.

One application by the firm Cuadrilla for wells on the Fylde coast was rejected by Lancashire county council in June, more than a year after it was first submitted. An appeal decision is not expected for many months

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10 Responses to “Fast track for fracking bids: Ministers set to be given powers to speed up applications if they are being delayed by councils”

  1. sovereigntea says:

    Hmmm Ministers to gain powers to do an end run around the law of the land on behalf of their lobbyists interests and not necessarily the nation’s.

    That would be a dictatorship then !

    • sovereigntea says:

      Rudd has a brother

      Under new rules brought in in 2015, MPs must disclose all family members engaged in lobbying the public sector, however Rudd failed to mention her brother Roland Rudd of RLM Finsbury.

      Tamasin Cave, of Spinwatch and the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency, said:

      ‘By breaking the rules, Amber Rudd gives the impression she’d rather we didn’t know about her brother’s lobbying business, or his many clients in the energy business.’

      Finsbury is a leading, London-based financial PR and lobbying company.

      Finsbury has close ties to New Labour through its founder Roland Rudd. For example, Rudd is friends with Peter Mandelson and Ed Balls, a close confident of Gordon Brown. Rudd says: “I’ve a very good relationship with Ed (Balls) – he’s been a friend from FT days”. He also knows David Cameron, who was a client when Cameron was at Carlton: “He came to dinner with our clients recently (2007). I was pleased – it showed he’s not tribal,” says Rudd.[9] It’s reported that Rudd has “finely honed social and political connections”:

      Dinners at his grand house in Kensington are relaxed, informal occasions. Sophie [his wife], who designs women’s eveningwear, will be there. The guests will include a client or two, heads of large companies, a top banker, a senior journalist and a Cabinet minister and their other halves. Even Tony Blair has supped at his table. Rudd was one of four people who met at the house of Charles Dunstone, the Carphone Warehouse magnate, to plot the ex-PM’s next move in the run-up to Blair’s departure.”[10]

      Rudd also held a garden party on 28 June 2007 to raise funds for the NSPCC.[11] Present were retailer Sir Philip Green, owner of Arcadia (Topshop, Burton and others), Paul Dacre, editor of the Daily Mail and Paul Myners, former chairman of Marks & Spencer who was appointed Financial Services Secretary (a position sometimes referred to as City Minister) in HM Treasury by Prime Minister Gordon Brown in October 2008. Baron Myners was given a peerage at the same time.

      Conservative London Mayor Boris Johnson was also a guest of Rudd’s. He flew home from the 2009 World Economic Forum in Davos in February on Rudd’s private jet.[12] In addition:

      Finsbury paid more than £5,000 to the Labour Party for ‘tickets for dinners’ in 1999-2000.
      The firm previously hired the Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer.
      In 2001 Finsbury’s party guests included the present culture secretary Tessa Jowell and education minister (and peer) Andrew Adonis, as well as the then Labour party boss, also since ennobled, Lord Triesman.
      Finsbury then won the 2002 contract to advise then Transport Secretary Stephen “Liar” Byers over the Railtrack collapse.
      In 2006 Tony Blair’s eldest son Euan did work experience at Finsbury. Private Eye commented: “So look out for the pay-off… most likely to come for such a selfless act as explaining to Blair the Younger the dark arts of being paid to lie…”[13]

      • sovereigntea says:

        Cuadrilla Resources is owned by its management team and two substantial investors, AJ Lucas and Riverstone LLC. And the Managing Director of Riverstone is Lord John Browne of Madingley.

        Prior to his appointment at Riverstone, Lord Browne, who was also a non-executive director of Goldman Sachs, had spent 41 years working for BP, having been appointed as Chief Executive in June 1995. Indeed, he was the immediate predecessor to the much reviled Tony Hayward, who assumed the position of CEO after Lord Browne’s forced resignation from BP in May 2007.

        Rudd is a close friend of Peter Mandelson and has a sister, Amber Rudd.

        Mandelson is a friend of Lord Browne.

        Lobbying firms – the glue that joins them all
        l.

        http://powerbase.info/index.php/Fracking_lobbying_firms

      • Nollidge says:

        ‘By breaking the rules, Amber Rudd gives the impression she’d rather we didn’t know about her brother’s lobbying business, or his many clients in the energy business.’

        So THAT’S what Cameron meant when he said “We’re all in it together”.He obviously wasn’t including the rest of us serfs.

      • sovereigntea says:

        Serfs as a rule only got hit for 10 % of their toil. VAT is 20% so you work one day a week just to feed the crooks and parasites of our treasonous Parliament and the CIA’s EU dictatorship.

        Oh to be a serf

    • ian says:

      Stop whining S and get a good lungful of radioactive radon gas. Seriously though S you’re correct, this is a dictatorship.

  2. Lynn says:

    They have it all nicley packaged and ready to roll. Like they say its easier to kill millions than control us. Well done s.

  3. kingel says:

    Taking into account the current low cost of oil, I fail to see the economic viability of fracking in the UK. I believe many US frackers are on the point of bankruptcy. In fact, as many of of the US fracking companies were financed by over exuberant/reckless lending I would imagine the majority of US fracking concerns are…beyond bankrupt ?
    Moving into the esoteric, there are rumours circulating that UK Fracking is a means to subvert/destroy the power of the Ley Lines. With the population waking up the Ley Lines are “apparently” a power source that could accelerate this process and, therefore compromise the agenda of the psychopaths to suppress the populace.
    Finally, many of those entities listed above, Mandelson, Blair, Cameron, Balls are, I suspect, khazar zionist ? Their agenda seems to be to UNLAWFULLY asset strip the UK and, UNLAWFULLY impoverish and, enslave the true “owners” of the British Isles; it’s Indigenous Sovereigns.

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