The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has heavily censored the only public version of the Government’s report ‘Shale Gas Rural Economy Impacts’. Although the Government has repeatedly said ‘the public should be given all the facts’, this report was redacted 63 times, including the section on how fracking could affect house prices and local services. DEFRA claim this was best for ‘public interest’.
Uncover the facts before the Infrastructure Bill
Within the next couple of weeks MPs will vote on the Infrastructure Bill, which proposes controversial changes to our Trespass Laws that will erode our land rights, and pave the way for fracking. Two MPs from David Cameron’s own party have urged the Prime Minister to release the report in full. Other MPs have also asked to see the complete report, yet still it remains redacted.
It’s crucial that what’s hidden in this report is released before the Infrastructure Bill is finally voted on in Parliament, so that MPs can properly understand impacts that fracking will have on our house prices and our communities.
You can tell David Cameron, “stop the cover up” by adding your name to this online petition by 38 degrees calling for him to release the Government ‘Shale Gas Rural Economy Impacts’ report in full before MPs are asked to vote on the contentious Infrastructure Bill.
We must act now as the contents of Defra’s censored report on fracking will impact how MPs vote on the Infrastructure Bill in just two weeks.