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Fracking advisers lack independence, says NGO

The environmental group Friends of the Earth has questioned the level of independence of 70 per cent of the members of a European Commission advisory group on shale gas production.

Friends of the Earth analysed the background of the members of the European Science and Technology Network on Unconventional Hydrocarbon Extraction, which was launched by the Commission’s Joint Research Centre in January 2014 to make recommendations on shale gas technologies. 

According to a statement by the environmental group on 15 April, more than 70 per cent of the 74 members of this network “represent or have financial links to the fracking industry”, while two-thirds of the academics involved maintain relationships with shale gas companies. 

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