This week the government celebrates expanding our national parks – and votes to allow drilling under them.

lisa nandy mpLisa Nandy, Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary (left) and Kerry McCarthy, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs , commenting on today’s Statutory Instrument on fracking, said:

“Today in the House of Commons, the Government u-turned and tried to use a parliamentary backdoor to pass fracking regulations which are totally inadequate. This is despite agreeing to a crucial Labour amendment to the Infrastructure Bill earlier this year. Labour’s amendment ensured several safeguards had to be met before fracking could take place.

kerry mccarthy mp“These new regulations will allow shale gas drilling to take place in drinking water protection zones, important wildlife sites and below our beautiful national parks and stunning world heritage sites. So, in the same week the Government celebrate expanding our national parks, they vote to allow drilling under them.

“We absolutely believe these weakened regulations fail to provide critical environmental safeguards, safeguards which must be re-introduced before any further developments in fracking can take place.

“Labour will be objecting to these and as we believe this is such a serious issue we will be asking for a vote of the whole House next week.“

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Ryedale Council, where an energy company hopes to carry out fracking, has agreed a five year moratorium on the controversial mining method

kirby misperton fracking aiteThird Energy wants to frack this site in Kirby Misperton

The Yorkshire Post reports that Ryedale Council passed the measure earlier this month after councillors expressed concern about the possible impacts of fracking on health and the environment. The district has become the focus of the battle over fracking in Yorkshire since Third Energy applied to use the method at a site near Kirby Misperton.

That application will be decided by North Yorkshire County Council so the impact of the Ryedale ‘ban’ will be limited. However, as an interested party, Ryedale Council will be consulted and the motion passed by councillors last night appears to bind the authority into outright opposition.

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Posted on October 29, 2015, in Admirable politician, Conflict of interest, Corporate political nexus, Democracy undermined, Energy, Environment, Government, Health, Planning, Vested interests and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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