Thursday, 7 November 2019

Fracking

We have been sent the following email re fracking. 

I refer to our previous correspondence about fracking and can now update you on the position.

Following representations that I and others have made, the government has now called a halt to shale gas extraction in England.

This comes after a report by the Oil and Gas Authority said it was not possible to predict the probability or size of tremors caused by the practice.

As you probably know, fracking has been suspended since a tremor in Lancashire in August but now Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom has announced the government was "no longer convinced" shale gas could be extracted safely.

Mrs Leadsom said: "After reviewing the OGA's report into recent seismic activity at Preston New Road, it is clear that we cannot rule out future unacceptable impacts”.

I have already passed on to ministers your views as well as expressing my own ongoing concerns and I am pleased at this decision.

Kind regards

Greg Knight 

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