Government Accused of ‘dirty tricks’ over controversial fracking report

United Kingdom Ministers deliberately delayed a report (Shale Gas: Rural Economy Impacts) showing fracking could affect home prices, health, and the environment until after a crucial planning decision, documents reveal. The report on the impact of fracking on the rural economy was produced by the Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and published in 2014 in heavily redacted form. But Greenpeace used freedom of information (FOI) rules to force the publication of the full report a year later. The report said fracking could cause house prices to fall and risk damage to health and the environment, but that it could also generate new jobs.

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