UK Government Bans Fracking Over Earthquake Fears 1

LONDON (AP) — The British authorities has introduced that it’s going to not enable fracking due to new scientific evaluation that casts doubts on the security of the controversial follow.

The authorities mentioned Saturday the choice was primarily based on a discovering by the Oil and Gas Authority that it’s not doable to obviously predict the probability or severity of earthquakes linked to fracking operations.

The choice to announce a moratorium on fracking means the federal government will not assist using fracking for shale gasoline extraction and fracking planning proposals won’t be moved ahead.

Business and Energy Secretary Andrea Leadsom mentioned the brand new report makes it clear that the federal government can’t rule out future “unacceptable impacts” on native communities the place fracking is allowed.

“For this reason, I have concluded that we should put a moratorium on fracking in England with immediate effect,” she mentioned.

The authorities’s new place was introduced at first of what’s anticipated to be a hard-fought marketing campaign forward of a Dec. 12 nationwide election. There have been appreciable protests in opposition to fracking lately.

The announcement drew reward from native activists and environmental teams though some referred to as for a everlasting ban on the follow, not only a moratorium.

Activist Maureen Mills from the Halsall Against Fracking group, mentioned fracking had taken an “immeasurable” toll on her area of northwestern England.

“Our communities are left physically and mentally drained and devastated. For what? Years of anguish, research, protest, tears and fears,” she mentioned. “Stopping this industry has always been our goal and our reasons are now being taken seriously.”

Rebecca Newsom, head of politics at Greenpeace, mentioned fracking has no future in Britain due to widespread opposition.

“Opening up a new fossil fuel industry in this climate emergency was always an awful idea and it’s only seemed worse as the industry has lurched from mishap to disaster,” she mentioned. “Grass roots activists across the country deserve huge credit.”

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