On Wednesday January 14th, anti-fracking campaigners representing groups from across the UK lobbied their MPs in the House of Commons.
They urged MPs to support amendments to the bill, including those being proposed by Caroline Lucas (Green, Brighton Pavilion) and Norman Baker (Liberal Democrat, Lewes) which call for the removal of clauses which would make fracking easier. Dr Lucas is also calling for a ban on fracking.
Caroline Lucas said:
“This lobby has shown that people really care about the Government’s push for shale oil and gas. They want their MPs to represent their concerns on fracking. My amendments reflect the concerns I have heard and would not only delete the change to trespass laws but also prohibit fracking altogether.”
Brenda Pollack, Friends of the Earth South East Campaigner, said:
“We fully support residents’ concerns over this proposed legislation. The Government is keen to make it easier for fracking companies to drill for oil and gas using new techniques that are highly risky. People don’t want their land to be a test ground for extracting ever more difficult to reach fossil fuels.”
Victoria Dorman, a resident of Mayfield in East Sussex said:
“The Government should not be passing any legislation that allows companies to drill underneath our homes and land without permission. I wanted my MP to know how strongly we feel locally about this issue and to ask him to vote to improve the Bill and cut the clauses which virtually give carte blanche to fracking companies.”