The Prime Minister has met with Preston North MP Ben Wallace to discuss getting more money for communities if fracking gets the go-ahead in Lancashire.
The United Kingdom Onshore Operators Group has launched a Shale Community Engagement Charter, which promises money for communities where fracking - the controversial process of firing liquid underground to release shale gas in rocks - takes place.
David Cameron spoke to Mr Wallace, along with Fylde MP Mark Menzies and Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, about securing more than the proposed one per cent in revenue for communities.
The Wyre and Preston North MP believes Lancashire, Cheshire and parts of West Yorkshire will receive £2.6bn as part of their share, but he is fighting for more.
He said: “Shale gas extraction presents a once in a generation opportunity to transform the economy of the North West and readdress the balance between the north and the south.
“It is vital that the local community benefits from the harnessing of our natural resources.”
He said Mr Cameron confirmed he wanted local people to receive as much of the benefits as possible and recognised the case put by the MPs.
He said: “If shale gas extraction happens in Lancashire it is right and proper that my constituents get a direct benefit of the billions of pounds worth of gas that will be extracted. It is simply not good enough for the London based Treasury and energy companies to gobble up an asset which is beneath our feet.
“I am determined to push this case as far and for as long as I need to.
“The meeting with the Prime Minister was one of a series of meetings I have had with the key decision makers over the last six months.”