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Thirteen Cabinet ministers face being caught in fracking protests

Drilling licences could be granted in Osborne, Gove and Hague’s constituencies

  • Firms involved in shale gas drilling could work in Tory and Lib Dem areas
  • Fracking protestors concerned over its environmental risks


Controversy: Thirteen Cabinet ministers could face bitter rows over fracking in their constituencies, it emerged last night. Police are pictured escorting a lorry past protestors at a proposed Fracking site in Balcombe, West Sussex

Published on the Daily Mail website on 7th August 2013
Story By Tamara Cohen

Thirteen Cabinet ministers could face bitter rows over fracking in their constituencies, it emerged last night.
Companies involved in shale gas drilling have exploration licences in areas represented by Chancellor George Osborne, a vocal supporter of the technology, and Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary Ed Davey.

Education Secretary Michael Gove, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude are among those whose constituencies are in a shale belt that stretches across southern England from Dorset to Kent.

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