Greenpeace campaigner Simon Clydesdale has dismissed fracking company Cuadrilla's warning over the industry's future as a "ransom note".
Cuadrilla chief Francis Egan told The Times (£) it would be "ridiculous" to negotiate access with every landowner over permissions to drill under property.
Yet Clydesdale said:
Ministers are bending over backwards and cutting corners to satisfy the fracking lobby's every wish.
Paying off the fracking industry's ransom note in this way will come at a huge political cost for coalition MPs who are backing an increasingly unpopular industry offering no guarantees of ever being able to deliver.
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