Government faces new legal challenge over plans to speed up fracking

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Opponents say revised definition of fracking will allow energy firms to bypass planning rules

  • Adam Vaughan
  • The Guardian

The government is facing a fresh legal challenge to its proposals to fast-track new fracking sites by loosening planning regulations.

Ministers said this summer they would drop the requirement for shale gas wells to obtain planning permission by designating fracking sites as national infrastructure projects.

Greg Clark, the business secretary, used a written ministerial statement to tell local authorities they should abide by a definition of fracking that campaigners say is looser than the…

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