An investigation by MPs into shale gas development and fracking regulation has been put on hold because of the election. The cross-party Public Accounts Committee had announced it would question civil servants about last week’s official report, which found that government was unclear about the costs, benefits and liabilities of fracking. But yesterday’s Commons vote for an election means parliament is likely to be dissolved next week. The hearing, planned for November, could now be shelved entirely or postponed until 2020. It was due to discuss the findings of the National Audit Office (NAO) report, which also concluded that progress in establishing an English shale gas industry was slower than government had predicted and that public opposition had increased in the past six years to 40%.
Drill or drop 30th Oct 2019 read more »
The Conservatives’ election manifesto is being written by a lobbyist for the fracking company Cuadrilla and major internet companies such as Amazon and Facebook, raising concerns about whether her paying clients could influence the party’s policies.
Guardian 30th Oct 2019 read more »
Boris Johnson has sparked speculation he could call a halt to fracking following years of protests over the controversial gas extraction technique. The move comes as Britain heads towards a general election on December 12, with Labour promising to ban fracking – the fracturing of shale rock with water under high pressure to create gas – if it wins power. Supporters claim the process could release huge amounts of gas trapped underground in England, triggering an energy boom and freeing the country from reliance on overseas producers in Russia and the Middle East. But attempts to frack in Lancashire and elsewhere have triggered mass protests due to fears it can cause earthquakes.
Telegraph 30th Oct 2019 read more »