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Fracking is a "non-solution" to global warming, dwindling natural resources and dependency on foreign gas, a leading environmental charity has said.
Greenpeace UK chief scientist Dr Doug Parr criticised the Lords Economic Affairs Committee for "cherry-picking" evidence to support Government plans to go "all out for shale".
Fracking could "potentially" be a "remarkable opportunity" for the UK to develop a new industry which would create jobs and deliver greater independence from the global energy market, a leading member of the House of Lords said.
Lord MacGregor, the chairman of the Lords Economic Affairs Committee said:
Developing the UK's fracking industry is "an urgent national priority", according to a committee of peers.
The Lords Economic Affairs Committee pointed to the shale gas industry as a way of creating jobs, cutting emissions and making the UK less dependent on foreign gas and oil.
Ministers also needed to do more to drive forward exploratory drilling and appraisal of shale resources to see how much could be developed economically, a report by the Lords said.
They also backed moves by the Government to change trespass laws so that shale companies could drill under people's property without their permission to ensure development could go ahead "without undue delay or cost".