Support for fracking has risen slightly, according to the latest survey in ongoing government research. But the proportion who “strongly support” fracking has dropped to its lowest level.
Opposition to fracking has remained steady at 31%, still the highest level since the survey began.
As in previous surveys, the largest proportion of participants said they neither supported nor opposed shale gas. This remained unchanged at 46%.
The quarterly survey of public attitudes on energy and climate change, known as the Wave Tracker, first asked questions about shale gas and fracking in December 2013. The latest survey, Wave 18, interviewed more than 2,000 households in late June and early July 2016. The findings were published last week (28 July 2016)
Anti-fracking campaigners gathered in York today for a Don’t Frack Yorkshire march and rally. Organisers estimated more than 3,000 people from across the UK took part.
Graham Martin, who helped organise the event, said:
“We were absolutely overwhelmed by the turnout today, which exceeded all our expectations. This shows that more and more people across Yorkshire are waking up to the threat of fracking to the countryside, rural jobs, tourism, the environment and climate change.”
Russell Scott, of Frack Free North Yorkshire, said:
“People are now realising that with the whole of Yorkshire covered in fracking licences, fracking is now on everyone’s doorstep.”
The Environmental Audit Committee has written to the new Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis MP, and DEFRA Minister Therese Coffey MP, seeking reassurance about Government plans for the large proportion of UK environmental law that originates from the EU.
The Committee is calling on the Government to maintain the existing level of environmental protection currently guaranteed by EU law. The letter also invites them both to give evidence before the Committee in the autumn.
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to publish the full recommendations and report of the Planning Inspector before taking a decision on LancashireCounty Council‘s rejection of the Cuadrilla fracking applications at Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road.
Leadsom’s lack of top-level political experience, absence of track record in farming or environmental areas and ideological approach to policy are all cited as fears. However, her junior ministers are viewed more favourably in terms of tackling the enormous challenges faced by her department.
Ban Ki-moon’s climate change envoy has accused the UK and Germany of backtracking on the spirit of the Paris climate deal by financing the fossil fuel industry through subsidies.
Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland and UN special envoy on climate change and El Niño, said she had to speak out after Germany promised compensation for coal power and the UK provided tax breaks for oil and gas
Lancaster MP presses Minister for fracking meeting
Lancaster’s MP has written to the new Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, asking for an urgent meeting to discuss fracking in Lancashire.
Cat Smith had written to Sajid Javid’s predecessor, Greg Clark, earlier this month but says the response she received failed to make it clear whether the Minister would be willing to meet with her or not.
Mr Clark has since been replaced by Mr Javid in Theresa May’s reshuffle.
Ms Smith said: “I was disappointed that Greg Clark did not appear willing to meet with me to discuss this issue of vital importance to my constituents.
“The local community have made it very clear they do not want fracking in Lancashire and Lancashire County Council took the sensible, democratic decision not to allow Cuadrilla to frack at Little Plumpton and Roseacre Wood.
“This should be respected by a Government that claims to champion localism.
“The reshuffle gives the Government a fresh chance to start listening to the people of Lancashire.
This week—as thousands of Americans urge awareness to the destruction caused by oil bomb trains—an oil field in San Juan County, New Mexico erupted in flames Monday night, highlighting the continued and increasing dangers of the fossil fuel industry.