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Vale environment chief rules out fracking

Sir Beville Stanier

Sir Beville Stanier

The controversial process of fracking is ‘very unlikely’ to happen in Aylesbury Vale, according to a council chief.

Sir Beville Stanier, cabinet member for environment at Aylesbury Vale District Council said that the Vale was not a suitable area for fracking.

He said: “I have been told that North Bucks is geologically unsuitable for fracking.

“Although anything that brings us money is welcome we would not want to do anything that may destroy the countryside.”

Sir Beville was speaking after Prime Minister David Cameron declared the government was ‘going all out for shale’.

Mr Cameron added councils would be entitled to keep 100% of business rates raised from fracking sites.

The deal could potentially raise local authorities millions of pounds.

There were suggestions in December 2012 that land between Aylesbury and Winslow had been earmarked as a potential site for fracking.

Sir Beville said this site was unlikely to be used.

He also dismissed suggestions from critics comparing the decision from the Government to grant councils 100% of business rates as being like a bribe.

He added: “Any suggestion that councils are bribed in terms of making policies are absolutely ridiculous.

“We absolutely make our own policies.”

The process of fracking involves extracting gas from rocks using tiny explosions.

It has been blamed for causing earthquakes in parts of the UK.

 

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