FAISAL Rashid MP has responded to recent developments around the controversial practice of fracking, as drilling has begun in the UK for the first time since 2011.
Faisal Rashid MP said: “I am deeply disappointed that the Government continues to push its pro-fracking agenda as fracking begins in Lancashire.
“I have been contacted by a number of constituents who have raised concerns about fracking and I share these concerns.
“I am also deeply worried by the Government’s recent decision to significantly reduce the input of local views into the decision-making process when it comes to fracking. Rather than making changes that will undermine local decision-making, we should give planning authorities greater powers to put people and communities at the heart of planning.
“I remain totally opposed to fracking in Warrington South, and across the UK.
“Despite the Government’s ‘green’ rhetoric, the Tories have slashed support for small scale renewables, scaled back support for electric vehicles and are being slammed by a leading climate scientist for its pursuit of fracking. Instead of encouraging the use of fossil fuel, we should be boosting renewable energy projects.
“At the 2017 General Election Labour’s manifesto made it clear that in Government we will ban fracking entirely, and I am proud to stand by this commitment.
“I will continue to fight against fracking in Parliament and Warrington South. The Government should be banning fracking, not promoting it.”