I have tabled two Parliamentary motions which could force the Government to change its current policy on fracking.
The amendments will go before the House of Commons next Monday when the Government’s Infrastructure Bill is debated.
The first amendment I have put forward would ensure that no fracking wells are drilled within 2km of any town or village.
I am also backing a motion for fracking plans to be put on hold until there has been a full assessment of the economic, health, environment and climate risks.
I remain open-minded to the benefits and drawbacks of fracking in the UK. However, I am absolutely clear that our water aquifers must be completely protected and we need more evidence before fracking can go ahead.
I will also continue to call on the Government to publish the full copy of its own investigation into the effects of fracking. I have written to the Minister and put forward Parliamentary questions calling for greater transparency on this important issue and the Government’s reluctance to provide this will only create further suspicion.