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Peer: Frack in 'desolate' North

George Osborne's father-in-law has told shocked peers that fracking should be carried out in the North East of England where there are "large, uninhabited and desolate areas." Lord Howell was energy secretary under Margaret Thatcher.

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Greenpeace: Countryside 'not a disposable resource'

Greenpeace UK energy campaigner Leila Deen said:

Were Lord Howell or any member of the Government to visit the north east of England they'd find there are actually people living there, people who don't regard their countryside as a disposable resource.

The same is true of the south of England, which is already up in arms against the plans of Lord Howell's son-in-law, who wants to see vast swathes of the home counties fracked.

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