Fast-track fracking in UK slammed by critics

Political opponents and environmental organizations have slammed the UK government's plans to make it easier for companies to carry out exploratory drilling for shale gas in the UK:

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The proposal to make it easier for British gas companies to conduct exploratory drilling for shale gas reserves has been met with sharp criticism from environmental organizations, reports The Guardian.

The government has unveiled measures to fast track projects through the planning system, allowing companies to drill test sites without planning permission, while fracking sites could be classified as national infrastructure, meaning approval would come at a national rather than local level.

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