Government falls short on fracking

November 9, 2019 10:51 PM
Originally published by Ryan Bate for Warrington South

Ryan at LD conference ()

The government moratorium on fracking is welcome, but what the country needs is a full and immediate ban.

Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Warrington South, Cllr Ryan Bate has offered a cautious welcome to the Government's temporary halt on fracking. The decision was made following the recent publication of new scientific evidence on earthquakes linked to fracking.

Ryan says, "A moratorium is welcome but it is not a ban. An immediate ban is required right now. Wherever fracking has been proposed, the public and local authorities have opposed it. There have been real fears about noise, traffic, air pollution, impact on the countryside, earth tremors and the effect on climate change.

Back in September I seconded a motion at Warrington Council demanding opposition to the Government taking planning decisions on fracking away form local councils, so reducing local democratic scrutiny.

But this belated eve-of-election promise will not distract voters from the Tories' dreadful record on the environment. The Prime Minister is desperate to cosy up to his climate change denying friend Donald Trump. There is a real fear that if Brexit happens there will be a bonfire of environmental regulations. Action on climate change transcends national borders and can best be achieved if we remain in the EU and work with international partners to tackle the climate emergencty.

A Liberal Democrat government would declare a climate crisis and bring in strict new targets to generate 80% of electricity from renewable sources by 2030 whilst also insulating all low-income homes by 2025. This offers a real opportunity for Warrington's cutting edge engineering and technology firms and as your MP I would make sure our firms could benefit from this green revolution. On 12 December you have the opportunity to vote for a brighter greener future."