PM: Fracking benefits 'clear'

David Cameron has said "we cannot afford to miss out on fracking"as he sets out his argument in favour of the controversial method of extracting gas in the Daily Telegraph.

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No 10: Locals must be 'properly consulted on fracking'

A Number 10 spokesman has said that the Prime Minister is keen to ensure that local people were "properly consulted" on shale gas extraction in their communities.

Engineers drill a test well in Balcombe, Sussex to search for deposits of oil and shale gas Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Asked if the Prime Minister would support fracking in his own constituency of Whitney, the spokesman said Mr Cameron saw "huge potential benefits" from fracking for shale gas and that "ultimately, that view is as relevant in his constituency as anywhere else in the country."

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