From the London Evening Standard:
Energy Minister Michael Fallon: The South East must accept fracking
Joe Murphy, Political Editor
The South East must accept shale gas exploration for the sake of Britain’s economic future, Energy Minister Michael Fallon declared today.
He stepped after Surrey-based peer Lord Howell caused outrage by saying “desolate” areas of the North East should be targeted instead.
“It cannot be right to confine it to areas of the industrial North,” he told the Evening Standard.
“Shale exists under towns, villages and countryside. Shale gas is everywhere and could well be in quantity under attractive areas of the country as well as industrial areas.”
The Tory minister was cool about the remarks made by Lord Howell of Guildford, who is George Osborne’s father in law and a former Energy Secretary.
“He has apologised and it’s probably best left there,” he said. Lord Howell has been widely condemned by northern politicians and bishops for suggesting drilling should avoid the South.