Government should hang their heads in shame over fracking vote

December 17, 2015 9:34 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Wastwater, Yewbarrow and Great Gable - Lake District National Park (Andy Stephenson [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)Commenting on the vote to allow fracking under National Parks, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

"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 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 it's 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."