Alexandra Phillips MEP has received a reply to her letter to the Rt. Hon Andrea Leadsom, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. In her initial correspondence, Alexandra called for outright ban on fracking, and demanded that Government takes steps to clarify the scope of the current fracking moratorium to include acid stimulation and all other unconventional extraction methods.
No such clarification was offered from the MP’s reply, indeed the issue of acidisation was not mentioned at all. Furthermore, the response stated that:
“The Government has been clear that the development of domestic energy sources, such as shale gas, must be safe – both for local communities and the environment.”
Yet only the issue of seismicity features in the letter sent on behalf of Mrs Leadsom, as the sole consideration when assessing the safety of non-conventional oil and gas exploration. This appears to confirm that the moratorium is a short-sighted ploy to appease the public, and that the Government has absolutely no intention of heeding any of the associated well documented public and environmental risks - air pollution, water contamination, noise, the climate impacts of burning the associated fuels once exploited.
Alexandra’s plea for the Government to reconsider its dangerous position went unanswered. Despite the contempt demonstrated by the current UK Government for a clean energy future, Alexandra’s pursuit for a Green New Deal for Europe and the UK will continue apace. In October, Alexandra released a report on jobs in the South East under a Green New Deal, and has been clear that there is no place for fracking under the Green Party’s Green New Deal plans.
She looks forward to the announcement next week as to whether the European Parliament’s cross-party intergroup for the Green New Deal, which she has co-initiated, has been approved. And she implores negotiators in Madrid over the next 2 weeks to display the same commitment to a greener future; time is running out and action needs to be bolder and more urgent than ever before.
Please read the letter from Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy here: