DAVID Cameron’s views on fracking seem to have changed in the four days since his visit to Wigan.
When quizzed on the controversial subject on his visit to the Youth Zone last Thursday, the Prime Minister suggested he was in favour of the process but said that were there any environmental issues, it would not go ahead.
He was met with protests about fracking while in Wigan which is an area already identified as being ripe for gas extraction.
But on Monday Mr Cameron came out in full support of fracking and not just in the north of England but in the south too.
”It’s been suggested in recent weeks that we want fracking to be confined to certain parts of Britain. This is wrong,” said Mr Cameron. “I want all parts of our nation to share in the benefits - north or south, Conservative or Labour. We are all in this together. If neighbourhoods can really see the benefits – and get proper reassurance about the environment – then I don’t see why fracking shouldn’t get real public support. It’s simple – gas and electric bills can go down when our home grown energy supply goes up,”
However, while in Wigan he said: “Of course, no-one wants to go ahead with fracking if there are environmental dangers or other dangers. Let’s have a debate and let’s have an argument about fracking.”
Coun Chris Ready says that there have been no planning requests made. He said: “Licences to exploit oil and gas are granted via the Department for Energy and Climate Change. There are three Petroleum Exploration and Development Licences that we are aware of which cover parts of Wigan borough. Wigan Council, as the Local Planning Authority, only becomes involved if there is a need for a planning application or related planning issues. At present we have received no applications for companies to carry out hydraulic fracturing in the borough.”