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Fracking BANNED by the Governement

The news has been welcomed by environmentalist groups, and campaigners in Eckington and other areas.

Lee Rowley, Member of Parliament for North East Derbyshire, has responded to the Governments announcement it is to drop its support for fracking in the UK.

After years of campaigning from Lee Rowley, local residents and campaign groups, the Government confirmed today that they will no longer be supporting the creation of a domestic shale gas industry on the basis of new scientific analysis.

The decision means that the proposed site at Bramleymoor Lane in Marsh Lane would not be fracked in the future under the new Government policy.

Lee Rowley MP commented: “Since I was elected in 2017, my top priority has been to fight fracking.

“That’s the pledge I was elected on and that’s what residents ask me to do regularly on the doorstep.

“Over the past two years I have met with many Government Ministers and MPs to make the case against fracking.

“I’ve led and attended debates in Parliament on fracking, launched a Parliamentary group on fracking, scrutinised fracking regulators, convinced a spending watchdog to investigate fracking, worked with local activists against fracking, and even introduced legislation to try to stop fracking earthquakes.

“I am extremely pleased that the Government has listened to the concerns on this and can now see what many residents in North East Derbyshire already know – fracking just doesn’t work for the UK.

“Congratulations and thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to create this outcome. It’s only by working together that we’ve been able to protect our local community and change national Government policy.”

The announcement was made in conjunction with the publication of a scientific assessment of recent fracking activities, conducted by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), one of the fracking regulators.

The OGA’s report found that it is not currently possible to accurately predict the probability or magnitude of earthquakes linked to fracking operations.

Lee Rowley introduced legislation in the House of Commons to cement fracking earthquake regulation earlier in the year.

In a statement released by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Secretary of State commented: “After reviewing the OGA’s report into recent seismic activity at Preston New Road, it is clear that we cannot rule out future unacceptable impacts on the local community.

“For this reason, I have concluded that we should put a moratorium on fracking in England with immediate effect.”

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