Lobbying from the boys with the big money in the fracking industry, wild promises of a shale gas bonanza and vested interests have all had a hand in shaping the Conservative Manifesto to achieve “Competitive and Affordable Energy Costs”.
We are told that of the five giant challenges:
Section 1. A Strong Economy That Works For Everyone
It is clear that we hope to emulate the United States in a shale gas revolution that it is perceived will rebalance our economy. A Conservative Government will maintain and build public confidence in the planning process by removing non fracking drilling (remember fracking is only fracking if more than 1,000 tonnes of water is used per frack stage) completely from the planning system. This we will then treat as permitted development. Expert planning functions will be established to side track local councils whose role will in any event be usurped by the National Planning Regime (Central Government).
Rather than rely on the existing regulatory authorities we will establish a new body the Shale Environmental Regulator (SER). This will be a watered down regulatory authority acting in SERvile obedience to the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Finally, in order to keep the natives happy we are prepared to make payments directly to local people, with which to to divide and conquer. But rest assured a significant share of the tax revenues will be invested by us for the benefit of those living in the Tory shires and other places where we end up with a majority.