Reaction to yesterday’s fracking votes in Infrastructure Bill debate

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January 27, 2015
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Reaction to yesterday’s fracking votes in Infrastructure Bill debate

Yesterday (26/1/15) MPs voted on fracking in parliament for the first time. They discussed clauses to ban, temporarily halt and control fracking during the Report Stage of the Infrastructure Bill. The Bill includes Government measures to give companies a right to drill or leave substances underground without the landowners’ permission. It also makes it a duty on the Government to maximise the economic recovery of the UK oil and gas industry. What happened yesterday?

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Labour’s conditions on fracking – Infrastructure Bill

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Labour’s conditions on fracking – Infrastructure Bill
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Labour’s New Clause 19 to the Infrastructure Bill was adopted by the Government on Monday 26th January 2015 during the Report Stage debate and incorporated nto the bill

Hydraulic fracturing: necessary conditions

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Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Last updated: 20 November 2014

For its small area, Northern Ireland has a great variety of scenic countryside and although there are no National Parks, large areas of landscape of distinctive character and special scenic value have been designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). This designation is designed to protect and enhance the qualities of each area and to promote their enjoyment by the public.

There are 8 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Northern Ireland. To view the boundaries of each AONB in detail, please go to the ‘Information Sources’ menu box on left hand side of NIEA homepage.

location map for AONBs

Reaction to MPs’ report calling for fracking halt on climate and environmental grounds

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Reaction to MPs’ report calling for fracking halt on climate and environmental grounds

This morning a report by the Environmental Audit Committee of the House of Commons called for a moratorium on fracking because of risks to the climate and the environment.

Supporters of a halt to fracking welcomed the report but reaction from the industry has been critical. Continue reading

Key points from Infrastructure Bill debate 4pm-5pm

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Key points from Infrastructure Bill debate 4pm-5pm

  • The government bans fracking outright in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • The government accepts Labour’s new clauses which has 13 measures to increase regulation on fracking

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UPDATE UK – green light for fracking

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Reporter: Friends of the Earth Europe

You’ve probably already read a lot of information concerning yesterday’s
vote in the UK on the Infrastructure Bill which was notably including an
amendment putting a moratorium on fracking.
For those who haven’t read much about it or those who are a bit confused
in the middle of all these details, I gathered some information very
nicely sent by some UK friends and colleagues. Continue reading

Bad news for the UK – green light for fracking – Sign + Back Lancashire

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Bad news – last night MPs voted to give the green light to fracking across the UK. 50 MPs broke ranks to vote against the plans, but it wasn’t enough. [1] Trespass laws have changed: now dirty energy companies can apply to drill for oil and gas under our homes.

Days like today are difficult. But we urgently need to channel our frustration into hope – because tomorrow, Lancashire County Council could vote to block fracking in Lancashire. [2] Local councils still have the power to block fracking, so this is a test case. Council by council, we could start to turn the tide. Continue reading

Leaked letter shows Govt & industry working ‘hand-in-glove’ to push fracking Monday

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Press release: Leaked letter shows Govt & industry working ‘hand-in-glove’ to push fracking Monday,
January 26, 2015 – 10:09
https://www.foe.co.uk/resource/press_releases/leaked-letter-shows-govt-industry-working-hand-glove-push-fracking_26012015

A leaked letter, obtained by Friends of the Earth, from Chancellor George Osborne to Cabinet colleagues reveals how closely the Government is working with the shale gas industry to ensure that controversial fracking takes off in the UK.   The letter, sent to members of the Cabinet’s highly secret and top-level Economic Affairs Committee in September 2014, reveals the Government’s plans responding to ‘asks from Cuadrilla’, for ‘reducing risks and delays to drilling’, fast-tracking planning appeals, and working hand-in-glove with industry to identify, ‘sites in less contentious locations’ where fracking could be pursued. Continue reading