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Jacob Rees-Mogg claims fracking opponents are being funded by the Kremlin

Jacob Rees-Mogg claims fracking opponents are being funded by the Kremlin

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But in a written statement to lawmakers Thursday, Rees-Mogg noted that the risk of more earthquakes is worth the risk, and that more data can be collected when drilling resumes. “While Her Majesty’s Government will always attempt to limit inconvenience to those who live and work near the sites, taking on a higher degree of risk and disruption appears to us in the national interest given the circumstances described above,” he said.

“With this in mind, it is important that policy on shale gas extraction reflects this.”


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Several Conservative MPs opposed the announcement in the House of Commons.

Sir Greg Knight said: “Isn’t it that predicting seismic events as a result of fracking remains a challenge for experts?

“Isn’t that a risk of an unknown quantity to pursue exploration for shale gas nowadays?

“Does he realize that public safety is not a currency that some of us choose to speculate with?”

Mark Menzies, MP for Lancashire Tory, said ministers should determine how they would get local approval from hydraulic fracturing if Ms Truss was “a woman who keeps her promise”.

Reese-Mogg said that while he has “nothing official” to announce local approval, fracking companies will be required to offer compensation packages to those who live near their sites.

“We shouldn’t be shy about paying people who are going to be the ones who won’t get the immediate benefit of the gas but have a turmoil,” he said.

He added: “I think the hysteria about seismic activity does not understand that the Richter scale is a logarithmic scale.

“This (cracking) is that important, and it’s pure irony against it.”