The Westminster government has treated respondents to their public consultation on drilling for fracking under our land with utter disdain. Democracy anyone?
40,647 people and organisations responded, more than 99% opposed the idea.
This "Consultation" was nothing more than a reprehensible, patronising exercise by those whom the electorate have empowered to legislate for us. It was designed simply to mollify and give the illusion of democracy. Anybody still have any scales in their eyes left to fall where obscenely lucrative vested interests are involved in governmental legislation? Hmmm?
#FrackDealers / Government statement September 25th:
"We acknowledge the large number of responses against the proposal and the fact that the proposal has provided an opportunity for the public to voice their concerns and raise issues.
"However the role of the consultation was to seek arguments and evidence to consider in developing the proposed policy. Whilst a wide range of arguments were raised and points covered, we did not identify any issues that persuaded us to change the basic form of the proposals.
"Having carefully considered the consultation responses, we believe that the proposed policy remains the right approach to underground access and that no issues have been identified that would mean that our overall policy approach is not the best available solution.
"We will therefore put before Parliament primary legislation to implement the policy proposals set out in the consultation paper. Parliament's scrutiny of the provisions will provide further opportunities for public engagement on the issues."
— at UK Parliament.