Conservative politicians have expressed fears about their party’s support for fracking amid suggestions the unpopular policy could cost them the next election. MPs speaking at their party conference in Birmingham voiced concerns from backbenchers and councillors who think they will lose their seats if the government pushes ahead with its plans to expand the highly controversial form of mining. Operations have stalled for the past seven years since exploratory drilling caused two minor earthquakes in Lancashire and prompted a ban. However, in May the government announced its intention to accelerate the approval of new drilling sites and has since g iven the go ahead to a handful of new exploratory wells. The method for extracting shale gas has sparked local pushback whenever new wells have been proposed, and MP for North East Derbyshire Lee Rowley said this opposition is unlikely to go away. At a fringe event attended by around 40 people on Sunday examining the Conservative case against fracking, Mr Rowley said: “At the moment the lion has not roared on fracking because we have dealt with less than a dozen applications in this country for the last eight years. “If we’re to do it at scale, if we’re to achieve whatever objective the government is setting, we will have to have hundreds in Derbyshire.
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