Greenpeace has accused the United Kingdom government of using “misleading” information in a public consultation over controversial, under-house fracking plans. The private, non-profit organization has claimed that the main document for the plan that was put out for comment contained incomplete and misleading information.
The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is currently looking in to how the public views the plans to change access right for oil and gas exploration, including the ability to drill wells underneath private land and houses without permission from the people who own the property.
Greenpeace has asked the UK government to scrap the consultation because of certain “defects” that the organization claims would lead the public to believe that the proposed changes are only minor when they are, in fact, very significant. Louise Hutchins, an energy campaigner for Greenpeace UK, said: “This consultation has failed the most basic requirement – being straightforward with the public by giving them the full facts.”
She added: “This is a botched job bearing all the hallmarks of a government ready to trample over basic principles of transparency and due process in order to make way for fracking. If ministers still want to pursue their highly controversial plans, the very least they can do is to take this consultation back to the drawing board. After a week of hype, spin, and secrecy around fracking, it looks like the public’s trust in this Government may end up being the first victim of this dash for shale gas.”
A spokesman for Greenpeace also said: “This consultation has failed the basic requirement of being straightforward and transparent with the public. If ministers don’t discard this bungled process and start a fairer one, they’ll lay themselves open to potential legal challenges. This is too important an issue to let the Government get away with a dismissive attitude towards people’s views. We’re keeping all our options open in challenging this reckless dash to frack.”
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