Labour’s bid to ban fracking in England was defeated in parliament this afternoon. The party’s amendment to the Environment Bill was rejected by 357 votes to 216.
In this final Fracking Week in Parliament for 2016: Baroness Jones and Lord Greaves challenge the government on fracking and counter-terrorism strategy Cat Smith says forcing fracking in Lancashire is the end of democracy
A petition of 186,000+ names was delivered to Downing Street and the Department of Communities and Local Government this afternoon calling on government to respect the refusal of fracking plans in Lancashire.
Fracking Week in Politics is back with: Mark Williams on environmental impact assessments for fracking Cat Smith on the impact of fracking on coastal tourism Murdo Fraser and Liam Kerr on jobs from fracking in Scotland Links to our reports on key debates in the Scottish Parliament and Northern Ireland […]
In this Fracking Week in Politics: Cat Smith on community veto and local decision-making for fracking plans David Nuttall on protecting protected areas from shale development Peers on how “planning in principle” affects fracking Neil Findlay on Scottish government meetings with shale gas companies Sarah Boyack on cost of fracking […]
In the first Fracking Week in Westminster of 2016: How one MP fears the Housing and Planning Bill could be used to promote fracking sites Measures to ban on shale gas drill in protected areas Call for a bespoke regulatory regime and independent monitoring for shale gas sites […]
In this Fracking Week in Westminster: Ministers make changes to planning policy in statements on shale gas and oil Lisa Nandy asks: Does the government have a plan to keep the lights? Cat Smith asks: Did the government discuss the release of the full version of the rural […]
The Green Party MP, Caroline Lucas, today urged David Cameron not to overrule the local refusal of Cuadrilla’s fracking plans in Lancashire. Anything that prevented local communities from rejecting fracking would be “fundamentally undemocratic”, she said.