David Cameron is set to face questions about his support for fracking when he appears before senior MPs today.
The Prime Minister will be asked about the Government's wider energy policy during a 90-minute grilling by the Liaison Committee, with shale gas policy one of the topics likely to be raised by the MPs.
Mr Cameron has announced that local authorities in England will receive 100% of the business rates collected from shale gas schemes, rather than the usual 50% as part of an effort to promote the controversial fuel.
The Government is keen to support the exploitation of unconventional gas in the UK, which the Prime Minister claimed could bring the UK 74,000 jobs, more than £3 billion of investment and cheaper and more secure energy.
But environmentalists criticised the business rates incentive as a "bribe" to reluctant local authorities.
And they warned that it raised serious concerns over conflicts of interest if the councils benefiting from the money were the ones deciding on planning applications.
Opponents fear fracking, a process in which liquid is pumped deep underground at high pressure to fracture rock and release the gas in it, will lead to the development of industrial sites and disturbance in the countryside.
But Mr Cameron said: "We have the strongest environmental controls in this country. Nothing would go ahead if there were environmental dangers. I think people can be reassured by that.
"But I actually believe it's when these wells go ahead, when people start to see the benefit, when people see there aren't environmental concerns, they will see that it is quite right that this is part of our long-term economic plan."
The Liaison Committee will also question Mr Cameron about the Government's efforts to tackle v iolence against women and girls.