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Developing fracking 'an urgent national priority'

Building up the UK's fracking industry should be "an urgent national priority" in order to create jobs, make Britain less reliant on foreign energy supply and cut emission, Lords have said.

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UK fracking industry an 'urgent national priority'

Developing the UK's fracking industry is "an urgent national priority", according to a committee of peers.

The Cuadrilla exploratory drilling site in Balcombe, West Sussex, was the centre of environmental protests last summer. Credit: PA

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".

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