Major Environmental Groups Join Forces to Lobby Minister on Fracking
Frack Free United has joined a host of major national environmental groups in an open letter to Greg Clarke MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, in a bid to urge the UK government to reconsider their support for fracking.
Greenpeace, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Frack Free United, Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, 10:10 Climate action, Campaign for National Parks, Salmon and Trout conservation, the Angling Trust and the World Wildlife Trust co-wrote the letter to Mr Clark, to request answers on the climate impact of fracking on the UK’s climate change commitments to the Paris Accord. The letter also states that concerns from local residents to the sites aren’t being addressed.
Additionally, the letter mentions the environmental impacts of fracking and the already-dangerous levels of air pollution in the UK. The government is currently facing repeated attacks on its inaction on air pollution levels.
Scotland’s analysis on shale gas is also detailed, with the low financial benefits that fracking would bring offset against their worrying finding that shale gas is incompatible with climate change mitigation. This makes fracking a risk that the Scottish government isn’t prepared to make with a vote on a ban taking place this week.
Steve Mason from Frack Free United said:
“Giving the final sign-off for fracking to start is a crucial decision for the Secretary of State and we urge him to consider it very carefully before he puts pen to paper.
“It is a decision that will affect communities across the country and future generations to come.
“Frack Free United believes that the government should halt all fracking activities and rethink its outdated energy policy. The development of a new extreme fossil fuel industry across England would have negative and far-reaching consequences for local communities, the environment, public health, climate change and our future energy strategy.”
Elisabeth Whitebread, energy campaigner at Greenpeace UK, said:
"It would be deeply disappointing if UK government gave the green light to new fossil fuel projects, just before the UN Climate Change Conference invites international action to protect the climate. We already have more gas than we can afford to burn if we are to meet our climate targets.
"With fracking to be banned in Scotland, the Westminster government is now isolated in backing this unpopular industry. Their own recently published energy plans made no reference to fracking, and showed that fracked gas is not necessary for energy security. The government should stop forging ahead with fracking and focus their efforts on clean, cheap and popular offshore wind and tidal power instead."