Parliamentarians call for fracking review to be based on science

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Fracking: note the deep shaft

Any decision shouldn’t be based on the preferences of a minority of evidence-light climate squealers or other campaigners seeking to exaggerate minor issues. If the verdict is ‘no’ it should explain why it’s OK to import gas from overseas fracking operations.
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London, 25 June – Net Zero Watch is today launching a campaign to ensure science is put at the heart of the British Geological Survey’s review into shale gas extraction, demanding the Government uses this opportunity to unlock national and local benefits, and enhance Britain’s energy security.

24 prominent parliamentarians including Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP, Esther McVey MP, and the former Minister of State at the Cabinet Office, Lord Frost, have already signed up to the campaign. This is along with the leadership team of the parliamentary Net Zero Scrutiny Group, Craig Mackinlay MP and Steve Baker MP.

The campaign cites evidence produced by the Royal Society, the UK Unconventional Hydrocarbons project, and the UK’s independent regulator, the North Sea Transition Authority – all of which state that fracking can be conducted safely and with minimal disruption.

In light of the conflict in Ukraine, the Secretary of State for BEIS announced in April that a review would be conducted by the British Geological Survey (BGS) into the moratorium that currently prohibits shale gas fracking: Review of the geological science of shale gas fracturing – GOV.UK (

According to a speech given by the BEIS Secretary on Thursday 23rd June, the results of this review are due “next week”, but there is growing concern amongst MPs that the fracking review is not taking account of key pieces of evidence.

It is feared that the report will ignore the significant scientific strides which have been taken since 2019 that show that fracking can be done safely and without disruption.

Continued here.

via Tallbloke’s Talkshop

 June 26, 2022, by oldbrew