Article courtesy of London Loves Business | January 27, 2015 | London Loves Business | Shared as educational material
Proposals around the new fracking regulations saw a significant setback last night.
While the moratorium on shale gas extraction called for by cross-party MPs was defeated, tighter environmental controls were agreed.
Labour’s proposals to ban drilling for shale gas in national parks, areas of outstanding national beauty and areas of drinking water were finally accepted – a measure that should slow down the burgeoning fracking industry.
“This is a huge U-turn by the government and [a] big victory for the protection of Britain’s environment,” said Caroline Flint, the shadow energy and climate change secretary.
“Labour has always said shale gas extraction cannot go ahead unless there is a system of robust regulation and comprehensive inspection, but David Cameron has repeatedly ignored people’s genuine and legitimate environmental concerns over shale gas.”
Yesterday, in the lead up to the Commons debate, anti-fracking MPs and members of the general public – including Bianca Jagger (pictured) and Dame Vivienne Westwood – protested outside parliament claiming that shale gas extraction conflicted with UK targets to lower carbon emissions.
Such opposition prompted Vince Cable’s parliamentary private secretary, Tessa Munt, to threaten resigning if the full proposals went ahead. It is unclear whether Munt still plans to stand down.