"The government's announcement today that they will review the planning processes regarding shale is a step in the right direction and there is much more that needs to be done".
She said: 'Communities and their local councils across the United Kingdom have said no in every way they can, but the Government have turned a deaf ear to everyone who doesn't own fossil fuel company.
The UK government on Thursday set out plans to accelerate the drilling approval process for shale gas in England as part of a new push to exploit the country's vast unconventional gas resources and reduce dependence on imports. "Gas still makes up around a third of our current energy usage and every scenario proposed by the Committee on Climate Change setting out how the United Kingdom could meet its legally-binding 2050 emissions reduction target includes demand for natural gas".
Rose Dickinson, campaigner at Friends of the Earth said: "The government's plans pervert the planning process and could make England's landscape a wild west for whatever cowboy wants to start drilling and digging up our countryside".
Commercial production of shale gas in Britain is not expected for two years and developers complain that progress has been slowed by protests and regulatory processes.
Lib Dem spokeswoman Baroness Featherstone said: 'It is desperately disappointing that the Government have announced today that they will be altering planning law to make it easier for the frackers'.
He said the government expected local mineral planning authorities to give "great weight" to the benefit of shale gas production and the use of hydraulic fracturing.
"Britain's fracking experiment was on life support, and now the Government is trying its best to shock it back into life", said Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas. "These timelines must improve if the country is to benefit from its own, much needed, indigenous source of gas", Egan said. If we're serious about building an economy fit for the future we need to reprogramme our energy system to one which harnesses the power of the sun, sea and wind - rather than throwing resources at this failed fracking experiment.
The shale arm of chemicals giant Ineos - which has licenses to drill at several sites in the United Kingdom - said the country potentially had enough home-grown gas to be self-sufficient for years. "Imported gas now costs over £13m a day - money that is not generating jobs or tax revenues in this country".
Since test fracking triggered a small natural disaster in Blackpool seven years ago, no commercial fracking has yet started.
Companies including Ineos, Cuadrilla and Third Energy have been bogged in planning battles with local authorities.