A leaked letter penned by Chancellor George Osborne asking colleagues to speed up fracking in the UK was condemned today.
In the letter dated 24 September 2014, the Chancellor wrote he expects “to see rapid progress on the following recommendations… a clear time table to implement the development of 3-4 exemplar drilling sites to prove the concept of safe shale gas”.
Another aim stated is a “clear set of actions to influence the new EU Commission on the importance of shale gas to Europe’s future”.
Tony Bosworth, campaigner at Friends of the Earth who obtained the letter slammed Government “collusion” and claimed the letter shows Government and industry are “working hand-in-glove to try anything to make fracking happen”.
A Treasury spokeswoman said: “The Treasury and government speak with a wide range of stakeholders to inform policy,” reported the Guardian.