The Informer

The more people know about fracking then the less likely they are to support it, according to a new survey.

The Department of Energy & Climate Change’s (DECC’s) quarterly public attitudes tracker survey found that 29% of respondents oppose hydraulic fracturing or fracking, while 23% support it.

DECC said: “Support for fracking appears to be inversely linked to awareness, as those who know more about fracking tend to be more likely to oppose it.

“There is more opposition than support amongst those who know a lot about it, and know a little about it.”

Leaked letter reveals Ministers’ plan to take fracking decisions away from councils

A letter leaked by environmental charity Friends of the Earth shows that ministers want to take away local councils’ rights to make planning decisions on fracking.

The letter was written to Chancellor George Osborne by Energy Secretary Amber Rudd, Environment Secretary Liz Truss and Local Government Secretary Greg Clark.

Craig Bennett, Chief Executive at Friends of the Earth, said: “The Prime Minister has said that communities would have a fair say in whether or not fracking should happen near them, but as this letter makes clear, this isn’t being reflected or honoured in the highest levels of Government.”

> See the results of the survey