What are your feelings about the announcement of a moratorium on fracking for shale gas because of concerns over its effect on seismic activity?
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Conservative MP Bim Afolami – who’s on the all party Climate Change committee, Cat Smith who’s the MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood – neighbouring the Cuadrilla fracking site – and the Green party co-leader Jonathan Bartley.
The government has revealed there was overwhelming opposition to its plans – now shelved – to speed up development of the shale gas industry.
Results of a public consultation published this morning show that 97.5% opposed a proposal to class exploratory drilling for shale gas as permitted development, avoiding the need for a full planning application.
98% opposed a parallel idea to treat major fracking production sites as National Significant Infrastructure Projects, bypassing decisions by councils. Only 1% of participants supported this proposal.
CONTRAVERSIAL fracking will no longer be allowed because of new scientific analysis, the Government has said.
Business and Energy Secretary Andrea Leadsom said: “It is clear that we cannot rule out future unacceptable impacts on the local community and for this reason, I have concluded that we should put a moratorium on fracking in England with immediate effect.”