MPs across the country have now been elected. Teresa May is preparing a Queens Speech. What we don’t know is whether the Conservative fracking plans (changing planning law to mean non-fracking drilling will be treated as permitted development. – see below) will be included in the Speech. Therefore NOW is a critical time to write to your MPs. You can do this via www.writetothem.com.
We need to inform MPs that fracking is a BAD IDEA, and is HUGELY UNPOPULAR. Many Conservatives are concerned about the precious greenbelt we have and, we know that fracking requires hundreds of wells across an area so the greenbelt is incredibly important to protect, therefore we cannot allow fracking to go ahead. If you have a Conservative MP, mention the above points.
We also know that the Labour Party are writing their own Queens Speech. If you have a Labour MP, write to them and ask that a ban on fracking (as promised in their manifesto) is included in their speech and ask these MPs to speak out against fracking. There will be a debate in Parliament and it’s essential fracking is mentioned in this debate.
Concern about Conservative Party manifesto
The Conservative Party manifesto is incredibly worrying. It states that they will change planning legislation so that all exploratory drilling applications will be approved as permitted development and only fracking applications will require a planning application. This is worrying enough, particularly about a huge loss of democracy and the impact that exploratory drilling will have on communities and the environment. However it gets worse as the definition of fracking has now been changed in the Infrastructure Act so that it is only called fracking if an operation involves, or is expected to involve, the injection of –
- (i) more than 1,000 cubic metres of fluid at each stage, or expected stage, of the hydraulic fracturing, or
- (ii) more than 10,000 cubic metres of fluid in total
This means that the Blackpool fracking operation in 2011 (that caused damage to the well and two earth tremors) does not count as fracking. And so under this definition if all proposals that are supposedly non-fracking drilling, they ARE actually fracking.
N.B Frack Free Notts is a non party political group and we do not support or promote any political party. We are simply expressing our concern with the Conservative Party manifesto as it goes against our aims to ban fracking.