Euro-MPs voted last week to urge member states not to allow any new hydraulic fracturing operations.
The vote is not legally binding but BAF belive it is a significant signal.
Green MEP Molly Cato, whose constituency was recently opened up to the shale gas industry to apply for fracking licences, said:
“This is Europe at its best. A majority of democratically elected members doing the right thing defending our environment and communities from the frackers. What is shocking and shameful is that in our region, only the Greens are willing to stand up to this dinosaur industry. We know fracking is deeply unpopular and faces strong opposition whenever and wherever it raises its ugly head. Communities across the region don’t want the noise, air, light and water pollution that this industry would bring. And for the sake of our climate we must leave fossil fuels in the ground. The South West is not for shale and we will not allow this industry to devastate our beautiful region without a fight”.
Full amendment co-tabled by Keith Taylor MEP and Margrete Auken MEP to the Environment Committee draft report on ‘Mid-term review of the EU’s biodiversity strategy’:
Urges the Member States – on the basis of the precautionary principle and the principle that preventive action should be taken, and taking into account the risks and the negative climate, environmental and biodiversity impacts involved in hydraulic fracturing for the extraction of unconventional hydrocarbons, and the gaps identified in the EU regulatory regime for shale gas activities – not to authorise any new hydraulic fracturing operations in the EU.