Geraint Davies, Labour MP for Swansea West.
MP has put forward a motion for a moratorium on fracking across Europe.
Geraint Davies, Labour MP for Swansea West, has called on the Council of Europe to back the move.
Mr Davies said he had grave concerns over the environmental impact of fracking.
He said: “I ask the Council of Europe to support my motion for a moratorium on fracking across Europe.
“The world stands on the brink of environmental catastrophe: if just one fifth of the available fossil fuels is burnt, global temperatures will grow beyond the two degrees tipping point that could send the world into irreversible climate change, with storms, floods, tidal waves, major disruption to our future food and water supplies, forced migration and conflict as growing populations are displaced and compete for scarce resources.
“Yet the dash for shale gas continues, egged on by a hunger from austerity provoked by a financial crisis caused by the irresponsibility of unregulated bankers.
“As fracking pours energy into the faltering world economy, oil prices will plummet, emissions will grow and green energy will become less economical to develop.”
He added: “In the United States, President Bush’s exclusion of fracking from the clean air and water regulations allowed the industry to power forward without counting the environmental costs, which might turn out to be astronomical.”
Environment / Welsh politics