The 16-year-old Swedish climate campaigner, Greta Thunberg, has described the UK’s support for shale gas as “irresponsible” and “beyond absurd”.
The energy minister, Claire Perry, attended most of a 95-minute meeting with the shale gas industry which she said she had dropped in on, MPs heard this evening.
Campaigners delivered a letter to Downing Street this afternoon, signed by more than 8,000 people, calling for an immediate halt on fracking in the UK.
Labour’s climate change spokesman, Barry Gardiner, today visited Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site near Blackpool, where fracking is imminent. He also went to Altcar Moss, a site near Formby earmarked for fracking by Aurora Resources.
In this week’s listings Shadow international trade secretary, Barry Gardiner, visits Lancashire fracking sites; Campaigners head for Bank Holiday festivals; Green Party’s Amelia Womack speaks at Preston New Road; Plus meetings, gatherings and information events.
The shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary confirmed this morning that the next Labour government would ban fracking.
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