by Lib Dem team on 17 December, 2015
Cheadle’s Conservative MP, Mary Robinson, voted on Wednesday to allow fracking in National Parks – which could include the High Peak area on Stockport’s eastern border. No debate was allowed before the vote.
“Even if fracking works as the Conservatives believe, it will need big subsidies for several years and will not be any sort of solution to our energy problems. It beggars belief that the Government could sign up to the Paris Climate Change deal and then vote this through in the very same week.” said Cllr Iain Roberts.
“The reality is that fracking is untested in this country, apart from very small scale trials. This vote seems to have a lot more to do with boosting profits for certain private companies at the taxpayers’ expense than either generating more energy or protecting our environment.” Iain added.
Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats said on the Fracking issue:
The Government today relaxed the rules on fracking around and under National Parks and other protected sites. The Government used a parliamentary wheeze to pass the change with no parliamentary debate.
Last week the Government signed up to a landmark climate change deal and is now abandoning those pledges to create a market for another fossil fuel.
Our National Parks and areas of Scientific Interest are now at risk and the Government should hang its head in shame.
It is disgraceful that the government are ploughing ahead with fracking at the same time as scrapping the Carbon Capture and Storage scheme which is important for mitigating against climate change.