Should the Government and the Fracking companies be allowed to ignore the impact of fracking on the environment in pursuit of money?

Conservative MEP Struan Stevenson believes the Government and the Fracking companies should be allowed to ignore the impact on the environment in pursuit of money

Conservative MEP Struan Stevenson believes the Government and the Fracking companies should be allowed to ignore the impact on the environment in pursuit of money

The European Parliament on Wednesday voted for new EU laws requiring that exploration for potential deposits of shale gas to face the same environmental regulation as a full-scale oil drilling.

Struan Stevenson, a Conservative MEP who sits on the European Parliament's environment committee, warned that the plan could strangle the nascent fracking industry in Britain.

Mr Stevenson warned that all those hopes could be dashed if the European Parliament’s demand for full Environmental Impact Assessments for fracking projects is met.

Or to paraphrase: Mr Stevenson believes the Government and the Fracking companies should be allowed to ignore the impact on the environment in pursuit of money.