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SALES NEWS: Government accused of censoring fracking report

05/09/14

There have been long-held fears that fracking – the process by which shale gas is removed from the ground – has a detrimental impact on the desirability of an area and, consequently, local house prices. Indeed, earlier this year, members of a Lancashire community claimed that their local agent had encouraged sellers to accept offers and move out as quickly as possible, before the scale of proposed fracking measures in the area became public knowledge.

Now, the Green Party is claiming that a report produced and published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has been censored by the government. It seems substantial elements of the report which suggested that homes in close proximity to fracking sites may lose value, were removed from the version made available to the public. These included a reference to the experience of a town in the US where homes close to fracking drilling sites lost up to 14% in value and proved far more difficult to sell.

The government has not, as yet, responded to the Green Party’s claims. It did, however, recently say it would allocate up to £100,000 of public funds to communities affected by fracking. It’s a gesture that is unlikely to pacify the anti-fracking pressure groups.

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