Chair writes to David Davis and Therese Coffey

Environmental Audit Committee calls for Government to maintain existing level of environmental protection

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.

The letter comes after the Committee launched an inquiry into the Future of the Natural Environment after the EU Referendum.

Caroline Lucas asks THE question

Photo of Caroline LucasCaroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

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 Lancashire County Council‘s rejection of the Cuadrilla fracking applications at Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road.

Chichester talks Fracking

Two sides in the fracking debate went head to head at an event in Chichester to discuss the pros and cons of shale gas.

On the pro side was Professor Ernest Rutter, of Manchester University, and Dr Nick Riley, formerly of the British Geological Survey. Opposing fracking were Emeritus Professor at Glasgow University, David Smythe, and writer and campaigner, Julie Wassmer.

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Concerns mount over Andrea Leadsom’s suitability for environment role

Concerns mount over Andrea Leadsom’s suitability for environment role

Andrea Leadsom, the new environment secretary. ‘She has no instincts for [the environment] and no knowledge of it.’

Andrea Leadsom’s appointment as environment secretary has raised significant concerns among senior environmental and agricultural figures over her suitability for the role.

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.

UN criticises UK and Germany for betraying Paris climate deal

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 Robinson

Lancaster MP presses Minister for fracking meeting

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.

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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.

“I very much hope they take it.”

Massive Fracking Explosion in New Mexico, 36 Oil Tanks Catch Fire

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.


DECC abolished: Leadsom to Environment, Javid gets Local Government, Clark to Business and Energy

The government has announced it is abolishing the Department of Energy and Climate Change, which regulates some onshore oil and gas operations.

Most of the work will go to the renamed Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy under a new Secretary of State, Greg Clark, the former Communities Secretary.

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Fracking’s Total Environmental Impact Is Staggering



The body of evidence is growing that fracking is not only bad for the global climate, it is also dangerous for local communities.

And affected communities are growing in number. A new report, released Thursday, details the sheer amount of water contamination, air pollution, climate impacts, and chemical use in fracking


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