West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has kept up the pressure on Government not to bow to fracking companies and ensure residents’ and environment interests are protected.   

Asking the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy about the call by Cuadrilla for an increase in the threshold for the maximum magnitude level at which it is allowed to operate, the Energy Minister responded to assure Rosie of no changes.   

Energy Minister Claire Perry stated:
“The Traffic Light System is working exactly as intended. As I have already set out to this House, there are no plans to review it. The Traffic Light System ensures that induced seismic events remain at a level that prevents the risk of damage to the environment or property.”  

Since the occurrence of over 30 seismic events within just a couple of weeks of fracking commencing at the site, MP Rosie led the calls for an immediate halt to fracking.   

Cuadrilla had responded to the earthquakes by simply asking for an increase in the threshold to allow them continue operations even if they exceeded the current limits of seismic activity.   

Rosie Cooper MP said:
“The Government must stand firm on this having given the go ahead to fracking in Lancashire against the will of residents and local democracy and bowing to big business interest.   

“Maximum magnitude levels have been set to preserve and protect the safety of residents and the environment, which Cuadrilla agreed to, and now it doesn’t work for them they want to raise that cap.   

“I appreciate the assurance from the Energy Minister that there will be no change to the current traffic light system and will continue to monitor the situation, and will hold the government to their word.   

“If it cannot be proven that fracking can be done safely and without causing seismic events then for those reasons and so many more, this Government needs to steal another of Labour’s Manifesto pledges and ban fracking immediately.” 

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (192111):  

Question:
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the call by Cuadrilla for an increase in the threshold for the maximum magnitude level at which it is allowed to operate. (192111)   

Answer:
Claire Perry: 
The Traffic Light System is working exactly as intended. As I have already set out to this House, there are no plans to review it. The Traffic Light System ensures that induced seismic events remain at a level that prevents the risk of damage to the environment or property. 

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