I will be asked to vote on the Infrastructure Bill on Monday.
The Infrastructure Bill which contains changes to trespass laws which will enable High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing, known as ‘fracking’.
You will know I have been a staunch and vocal opponent of fracking in Somerset. Nothing has changed.
I disagree with the extraction of fossil fuels on principle. It doesn't fit with our objective to tackle climate change.
High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing involves millions of gallons of toxic waste water and there is a real risk of spills, leaks, ground water contamination and air pollution.
Our regulatory regime is weaker and less independent than it needs to be for this new process to be considered safe.
This is completely unacceptable.Read more