FRACKING should take place in rural Somerset, Jacob Rees-Mogg insisted yesterday – but slapped down calls for local referendums to give the OK.
The Business Secretary said he would be “delighted” to see the extraction of shale gas in his own back garden, and confirmed ministers would rip up rules to dictate the maximum level of earth tremors.
The PM has insisted there must be “local consent” for drilling – but hasn’t said how this would happen.
He said: “I think people who are disturbed by the building works ought to get some compensation for that and that should be a payment to them.
“And then you should have a royalty for people where the shale gas comes from.
“The country wins – and you win.”