Calls to Halt all Fracking in Britain

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A fracking site in the Lancashire countryside. Photo Credit: Press Association.

Article courtesy of ITV | January 26, 2015 | ITV.com | Shared as educational material

There are calls for North West MPs to support a vote for a moratorium on fracking across Britain. It comes on the day parliament has the chance to vote on legislation. Campaigners want it delayed for at least 2 and a half years whilst the risks are assessed.

The Environmental Audit Committee, appointed by the House of Commons have today published a report into the risks of the controversial technique. It claims; ‘The necessary regulatory arrangements must be determined and put in place before any further expansion of the industry.’

“Ultimately fracking cannot be compatible with our long-term commitments to cut climate changing emissions unless full-scale carbon capture and storage technology is rolled out rapidly, which currently looks unlikely. There are also huge uncertainties around the impact that fracking could have on water supplies, air quality and public health.”

“We cannot allow Britain’s national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty to be developed into oil and gas fields. Even if a national moratorium on shale drilling in the UK is not accepted there should be an outright ban on fracking in such special sites.”

– COMMITTEE CHAIR JOAN WALLEY MP

Last week a key Lancashire County Council report said it should not go ahead in Little Plumpton and Rosacre.

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