Fracking Week in Parliament – week ending 30 September 2016

In this week’s Fracking Week in Parliament:

Scottish Conservatives accuse the Scotland’s First Minister of “double-standards” over shale. She accuses them of wanting to “ride roughshod” over local opinion and concerns.

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Response to Babs Murphy/Chamber of Commerce by Barbara Richardson RAG


This woman is so out of touch and appears to have swallowed all the industry hype. Who on earth is advising her? Francis Egan!!!!!babs_murphy10.jpg

It was so obvious at the Public Inquiry she had not done any thorough research and was shown up as such. She had not even read the unredacted DEFRA report on the impacts of shale gas on rural economies.

This clearly showed there could be adverse impacts on the agricultural sector and tourism amongst many other things. The report states “Shale gas development may transform a previously pristine and quiet natural region, bringing increased industrialization. As a result rural community businesses that rely on clean air, land, water, and/or a tranquil environment may suffer losses from this change such as agriculture, tourism, organic farming, hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation’.

She did not even realise the job figures she is so keen to quote were been produced by the industry itself! No vested interests there then. Everyone knows these are relatively short term jobs and many are specialist. Just 11 jobs would be created at each of the two sites proposed. The renewable sector would create far more jobs which would be long term and sustainable without posing risks to our environment, health or climate change.

Babs Murphy is backing the wrong horse and she shows an appalling empathy for the communities which would be affected.

Just a few weeks ago in Australia, Victoria and Northern Territories banned fracking. This is what they said. Mark Ogge, Principal Adviser at the Australia Institute said that “Queensland’s experiment in unconventional gas had demonstrated that the economic benefits promised by the gas industry had largely failed to materialise, while negatively impacting other industries. Research had found that for every 10 new gas jobs, 18 agricultural jobs were lost.”

“The Government’s decision is based on the best available evidence and acknowledges that the risks involved outweigh any potential benefits to Victoria. Our state is the nation’s top food and fibre producer with exports worth $11.6 billion. The permanent ban protects our farmers and preserves Victoria’s hard-won reputation for producing high quality food” Quote attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

What of the Lancashire’s agriculture and tourism sectors. What would be the impacts there? Has she even bothered to assess the negative impacts?

Blog by Barbara Richardson, Roseacre Awareness Group, Lancs

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Excellent Sciscomedia article on Babs Murphy by Claire Stevenson:

Fracking supporters side-step ASA process before Lancashire decision

Tony Bosworth

26 September 2016

A leak to The Times has revealed that the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has made a draft recommendation that complaints against Friends of the Earth – made by fracking company Cuadrilla and two well-known supporters of fracking – should be upheld.

This leak, relating to a Friends of the Earth fundraising leaflet, is an outrageous attempt to sidestep the ASA’s decision-making process. This draft document isnot the ASA’s final decision. The ASA asked for further information and is still considering evidence submitted by Friends of the Earth. They are due to make a decision in the next month or so.

Just last week a previous decision by the ASA to ban a Greenpeace advert highlighting the risks of fracking was overturned because of expert opinion.

Labour government would ban fracking in UK

Barry Gardiner strengthens party’s opposition to fracking as industry and campaigners await key decision by ministers on Lancashire applications

Anti-fracking demonstrators gather on the opening day of the public enquiry into Lancashire county council’s decision to refuse permission for fracking at two sites
The government is soon to decide whether to accept Cuadrilla’s appeal against Lancashire county council’s decision to turn down an application for two fracking sites.
Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters via the Guardian

Speaking at the Labour conference in Liverpool, shadow energy and climate secretary Barry Gardiner is to announce the party will be going further than its previous policy of a moratorium until environment conditions are met.



What’s happening this week? 26 September – 2 October 2016

18 events this week including party conference fringe meeting and lobby, Meet the Regulators’ information session, film screenings, campaign launch, council recommendation on IGas shale gas plan in Nottinghamshire, consultation deadline, lobby of Scottish parliament and tea party opposite Buckingham Palace.

Please let us know (click here) if any of these details are incorrect or if other events should be included. Event listings for the rest of September and later in the year here

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