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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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 – 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.  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.  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 →
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 →