Rushanara Ali MP this week voted in support of Labour proposals to prevent UK shale gas extraction until a variety of important environmental loopholes are closed.
Alongside fellow Labour MPs, Rushanara forced the Government into a ‘U-turn’ on its approach to fracking, citing the need for proper regulation and inspection. Labour proposals have now ensured that no fracking will take place until 13 necessary conditions are met. These conditions include the genuine community engagement in areas of potential drilling, rigorous safeguarding of water supplies, preservation of national parks, and enshrining community payments in law.
If elected, a Labour Government would commit to ambitious 2030 decarbonisation targets for our power sector whilst ensuring that no fracking could not take place without proper regulation in place.
Speaking after the vote, Rushanara said:
“This vote is a victory for upholding environmental standards. In contrast to David Cameron’s fanatical faith in the benefits of shale gas at any cost, Labour’s proposals mean that the UK will not compromise its commitments on climate change.”
“There are genuine and widespread fears about the practice of fracking, and it’s only right that we put in place safeguards on the practice before deciding our next steps as a nation. Working alongside environmental organisations, we have faced down the Tory hasty rush to the drills. Common sense checks and balances are needed so that people can have real confidence that fracking is safe if it is ever to be pursued in the UK. ”
Notes to Editors:
2) You can find details of the vote in Parliament here.
3) For more details on Labour proposals on decarbonisation, click here.