West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has received assurance from the Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng that there is now a presumption against issuing fracking licences.
Following Minister Kwarteng’s comments last month that ‘fracking is over’, MP Rosie wrote to him seeking confirmation that this was Government’s policy.
The Minister responded to Rosie stating: “On the basis of the current scientific evidence, the Government has confirmed that it will take a presumption against issuing any further Hydraulic Fracturing Consents in England, which are required before hydraulic fracturing operations can take place.”
This moratorium will remain in place ‘unless compelling new evidence’ could be produced to address concerns around seismicity.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper, who has long campaigned for an end to fracking in the UK, commented:
“My position on fracking has always been clear, I will not support fracking while there is any question of environmental damage or threats to the safety of residents, and as someone from a science background I have not been convinced of the safety arguments in support of fracking.
“The Minister has now accepted what I and anti-fracking campaigners have been saying for many years, and has admitted that fracking is over. The evidence that fracking can be undertaken safely is not available.
“I am pleased to have received this assurance from the Minister that fracking is over and that Government will take a presumption against issuing any further Hydraulic Fracturing Consents in England.
“This is fantastic news for my constituents here in West Lancashire where there were plans to frack at a site in Altcar and to Lancashire County Council who took the brave decision to refuse the initial application.
“I look forward to the Government’s focus moving to renewable energies and how they will support the industry through Government incentives.”