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Keep the frack out

Barry Gardiner, a British Labour Party politician has spoken out about the party’s opposition to fracking.

Speaking to delegates at the annual conference in Liverpool, Gardiner said,

“… The next Labour government will ban fracking in the UK. Fracking locks us into an energy infrastructure that is based on fossil fuels long after our country needs to have moved to renewables. The next Labour government will back the clean technologies of the future.”

Both the Liberal Democrats and the Green party welcomed the Labour party’s decision to ban fracking and the industry trade body has confirmed that there are no planned wells to be drilled before 2017. However, apparently the first ever shipment of shale gas from the USA is soon set to arrive in Britain, this news has come less than 24 hours after the Labour party vowed to ban fracking.

Looking ahead…

In the next few weeks, the government will decide whether to accept shale company Cuadrilla’s appeal for two fracking sites in Lancashire after plans were turned down last year.

The Scottish government has put a moratorium in place until further research can prove what the impacts of hydraulic fracturing are likely to be and the Welsh government has opposed fracking altogether, instructing local authorities to turn down future applications.

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