January 25, 2015
Burnham's MP set to vote against fracking in parliamentary debate

Burnham-On-Sea's MP is set to call on Prime Minister David Cameron to halt plans to use controversial fracking in Somerset this week.

Tessa Munt will be voicing her concerns during a debate in Parliament on the Infrastructure Bill on Monday (January 26th).

The bill will enable High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing, commonly known as 'fracking'.

"I have been a staunch and vocal opponent of fracking in Somerset. Nothing has changed, I disagree with the extraction of fossil fuels on principle. It doesn't fit with our objective to tackle climate change," said the MP.

"High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing involves millions of gallons of toxic waste water and there is a real risk of spills, leaks, ground water contamination and air pollution. Our regulatory regime is weaker and less independent than it needs to be for this new process to be considered safe. This is completely unacceptable."

She added: "The UK Government should announce a moratorium on fracking, not 'go all out for shale' as David Cameron insists."

"I have used my Government position as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Vince Cable to push hard for a halt and a re-think."


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