Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Politics: MPs slammed for 'fracking bill' vote

Anti-fracking campaigners have slammed local MPs for ignoring the council’s calls for a ‘frack-free Calderdale’.

This week MPs passed the contoversial Infrastructure Bill which strips land owners and local authorities of the right to have a say on the underground drilling of shale gas.

Last month the council passed a motion to keep the drillers out of Calderdale, but the new legislation will supercede this ruling.

The bill was backed by Conservative MP for Calder Valley Craig Whittaker, and Labour MP for Halifax Linda Riordan abstained from voting.

Alisdair McGregor, Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Calder Valley said: “The public have a right to know why the Labour Party refused te back a complete moratorium on fracking.

“Their own motion had such minor concessions that the Tories readily accepted it - it isn’t a real safeguard against the environmental damage fracking will cause.”

Anti-fracking campaigner Helen Chuntso said: “Residents have now lost their right to prevent drilling and waste being dumped beneath their homes.

“The local MP has ignored the will of the elected representatives and we are now required by law to allow Calderdale to be used as a commodity for gas extraction.”

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