The Guardian reports:
Fracking is “not the evil thing that some people try to make it out to be,” energy secretary, Ed Davey, has claimed.
Anti-fracking activists have staged a series of protests at various sites over the past weeks.
Fracking firm Cuadrilla has withdrawn an application seeking a six-month extension of its oil exploration in a Sussex village which has been the scene of protests, but will be submitting a new one.
“If we can have gas safely in this country that will mean jobs, tax revenue and greater energy security – so fracking is not the evil thing that some people try to make it out to be,” he said.
Davey, who was answering questions from a live studio audience as part of Radio 5 live’s Energy Day programmes, said: “It is the early days of this.