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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.”
The Prime Minister has said the government will be making an announcement “shortly” on fracking in the UK.
Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions this lunchtime, Boris Johnson said the statement was prompted by what he described as “the very considerable anxieties” legitimately being raised about fracking-induced earthquakes.
Just a few years ago, people were making a lot of optimistic claims about fracking. But after years of failed attempts to establish this new fossil fuel industry, the time has now come for the controversial practice of fracking to be dropped once and for all.
Fracking should be banned in part of Lancashire for safety reasons, a council has said. The Conservative-controlled Fylde Council passed a motion accusing energy firm Cuadrilla of being “unable to guarantee public safety”.
The first published set of data shows that 29% of complaints were about vehicles being driven at protesters. Just under a quarter (22%) were about violence or aggression by police and the same proportion about violence or aggression by security staff. Almost a fifth (19%) were about intimidation by either police, security staff or suppliers.
Legal papers were submitted this morning in a challenge against the shale gas regulator about who should pay for decommissioning sites. It came on the day that a report by the government’s spending watchdog raised concerns over clean-up costs for fracking. The investigation by the National Audit Office concluded that the government had been unable to explain who would meet decommissioning costs if a shale gas operator went out of business and landowners were unable to pay
The fracking industry has been dealt a major blow, after a report from the National Audit Office found that shale gas development has cost taxpayers millions with the economic benefits ‘very unclear’.