For the second week in a row, Theresa May backed shale gas in a reply during Prime Minister’s Questions.
This morning she said the government would introduce measures on fracking during the parliament – but it was not clear what they would be on.
Mrs May was responding to a question about yesterday’s vote on a fracking moratorium in Scotland from the SNP’s Tommy Sheppard (Edinburgh East).
“Yesterday the Scottish parliament voted by 91 votes to 28 to ban fracking in Scotland. I’d like to ask the Prime Minister why she wouldn’t consider following Scotland’s lead and introducing a moratorium in the rest of the United Kingdom in order for there to be a full evaluation of the health and environmental consequences of this controversial technology and in order so that the public can be consulted.”
Mrs May replied:
“I have to say to the honourable gentleman that this is an issue on which we are simply going to have to disagree because I think shale gas does have the potential to power economic growth in this country.
“I think it will support thousands of jobs in the oil and gas industries and in other sectors and it will provide a new domestic energy source and we have more than 50 years of drilling experience in the UK and one of the best records in the world for economic development while protecting our environment.
“The shale wealth fund is going to provide up to one million pounds of additional resources to local communities. Local councils are going to be able to retain 100% of the business rates they collect from shale gas developments.
“We will be bringing further proposals in relation to this during this parliament because this is an important source of new energy and I think it is right that we ensure that we use this and take the benefits of it for our economy, for jobs and for people’s futures.”
Last week, Mrs May responded to a question by Dennis Skinner, Labour MP for Bolsover, on water problems in an area where INEOS had been carrying out seismic testing. DrillOrDrop report