The government is about to do a u-turn on its promise of last January - that our special places would be protected from fracking.
In the 14th licensing round (awaiting confirmation), half of the Isle of Wight is licensed for oil and gas exploration as well as an areas near Andover; South of Midhurst; East of Chichester and North of Bognor Regis.
MPs will vote soon to tie up the last loose ends of January’s Infrastructure Act. A comprehensive health study out last week summarises research showing harms to health from fracking due to air and water pollution as well as methane leakage from related infrastructure (PSR concerned Health Professionals of New York Oct 2015). Despite this, the government is keen to allow fracking beside and under National Parks, and within Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, sites of special scientific interest and groundwater protection zones. This will be discussed in a Westminster committee, which your MP could attend.
The committee will then report to the Commons where the new rules will be nodded through unless enough MPs shout ‘No’ at the appropriate moment. (Archaic or what?)
If enough MPs shout, the issue will have to be put to a vote by the whole house. I grew up in Fareham but now live in Balcombe, I can see the problems we have been fighting for three years marching towards the areas I grew up. I would urge any readers concerned by this to contact their MP, and encourage him or her to engage with this process, to shout, and then vote no!
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