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Results of votes on fracking amendments in Infrastructure Bill debate

MPs voted on three new clauses to the Infrastructure Bill dealing with fracking and onshore drilling for oil and gas. All three clauses were rejected. But MPs accepted Labour’s clause proposing new regulations for fracking and shale gas sites without a vote. None of the other amendments submitted on fracking were considered. Details below:

Vote 1 on specific fracking regulations
New Clause 1 proposed by shadow ministers Tom Greatrex, Richard Burden and Robert Blackman-Woods. This would have amended the Environmental Permitting Regulations to include specific regulations on hydraulic fracturing operations, exploration, drilling wells, decommissioning and long-term maintenance.

Result
Those in favour 224
Those against 320
New clause not included in the Infrastructure Bill

Vote 2 on devolving licensing and mineral access rights to Scotland
New Clause 2 proposed by shadow ministers Tom Greatrex, Richard Burden and Robert Blackman-Woods. This would amend the Scotland Act to give the Scottish Government responsibility for licensing and mineral access rights for onshore shale gas extraction

Result
Those in favour 231
Those against 324
New clause not included in the Infrastructure Bill

Vote 3 on a fracking moratorium
New clause 9 proposed by Yasmin Qureshi, Mr Roger Godsiff, Martin Caton, Mr Michael Thornton, John Mann, Caroline Lucas, Hywel Williams, Dr Julian Huppert, Dr Alan Whitehead, Mr Mark Williams, Joan Walley, Roger Williams, Jeremy Corbyn. This would declare a moratorium on fracking while an independent assessment was carried out into the impact of unconventional petroleum on climate change, the environment, health and safety and the economy.

Result
Those in favour 52
Those against 308
Most Labour MPs abstained in the vote
New clause not included in the Infrastructure Bill

Labour’s proposed conditions on fracking
New clause 19 proposed by Tom Greatrex, shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint and Geraint Davies, Labour MP for Swansea West. This set conditions for hydraulic fracturing to take place. This included:

  • Environmental Impact Assessments
  • Independent inspections on well integrity
  • Monitoring on the site for the previous 12 months
  • Site-by-site measurement, monitoring and public disclosure of existing the fugitive emissions

No fracking can take place in

  • Groundwater source protection zones
  • Protected areas
  • On land under 1,000m

Also required:

  • Planning authorities consider the cumulative impact of fracking activities
  • Provision of community benefit schemes
  • Residents in affected areas notified individually
  • Substances used subject to approval of the Environment Agency
  • Land is left in condition required by the planning authority
  • Water companies are consulted by planning authorities

The government accepted this new clause as part of the bill and there was no vote.

11 replies »

  1. How dare they reject Vote 2 Clause 2 To devolve the rights to Scotland They sit down in Westminster and they could not care less about Scotland. This is why SCOTLAND NEEDS TO BE INDEPENDENT and get rid of CORRUPT WESTMINSTER and its MILLIONAIRE MPS.

    • Thanks for your comment. I can do that – though from memory I don’t think there’s a list of abstentions. I can’t do it immediately but it will be there before the end of the day. best wishes, Ruth

    • Hi here’s a link to a post http://wp.me/p3OyVh-1Em
      which has the full lists of how MPs voted on the Infrastructure Bill on Monday. The information is from Hansard, which does not record abstentions but it has all the Ayes and Noes. I’ve also done a spreadsheet which you can download to compare how MPs voted on the different clauses. Where MPs aren’t listed in Aye or No, then I’ve put “Not recorded” – either an abstention or they weren’t in the chamber. The spreadsheet isn’t a full list of MPs – just those that took part in at least one vote. Hope this is helpful. Best wishes, Ruth

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