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Before she resigned, Shale Gas Commissioner Natasha Engel admitted routinely destroying her correspondence with fracking companies....
Responding to a Greenpeace FOI she wrote : “I tend to deal with everything on the day and
delete what has been done
to avoid any huge build-ups or risk of duplication.
“The same is true of the
few notes I take in meetings which I review in the evenings, action and throw
The original request was
for all email communications with the UK’s two leading fracking firms, the
Lancashire-based operator
Cuadrilla and INEOS, for which Engel has previously done paid work...
Though Engel did provide
a handful of emails in response to the request, there were no communications covering October 5, when she first entered the role, and December 30....
Greenpeace Unearthed
appealed to Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which employs
Engel for a fee of £500 a day, for an internal review of the handling of the request
Given that Engel’s role is to ‘be a contact point for residents’ and ‘to listen to their concerns’the conversations and meetings that the commissioner has with the shale gas industry are of high public interest.
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