Fracking caused daily earthquakes at UK’s only active site | Splitting

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The fracking caused an earthquake every day at the UK’s only active site at Preston New Road in Lancashire, an analysis has found.

Between 2018 and 2019, the site near Blackpool was responsible for 192 earthquakes in 182 days, according to the Liberal Democrats’ analysis of House of Commons Library data.

Fracking activity took place for six months, in two separate three-month periods, during this period.

On Wednesday, the government could face a rebellion from Tory MPs after Labor forced a parliamentary debate on the controversial method of energy extraction.

There are believed to be at least 40 Tories who oppose fracking, and the Guardian understands that a letter, signed by dozens of people saying they could not support fracking, was delivered to the Business Secretary and energy, Jacob Rees-Mogg.

Liberal Democrat MP and climate crisis spokesperson Wera Hobhouse said: “This is the latest proof that the Conservative government’s ideological pursuit of fracking is a failure. Why is the government so obsessed with dirty, expensive and divisive fracking, when renewables are cheap and popular?

“Wasting money fracturing our campaigns for more expensive gas will not help our energy security or the cost of living crisis. The government should listen to local communities and take steps to actually reduce bills: through more wind and solar power. It’s an open goal for this country, the only ones stopping us from scoring are the Tories. »

Labor and the Liberal Democrats hope to use fracking as a corner issue to draw wavering voters away from the Tories.

Jacob Rees-Mogg said he would not give MPs a vote on overturning the fracking ban, which is why Labor called the debate. MPs will argue that the government should vote freely on the issue.

Ed Miliband, Labour’s Shadow Climate Secretary, said: “Today Conservative MPs have a simple choice; will they break the manifesto commitments they made to their constituents and allow the government to force costly and dangerous fracking on communities that don’t want it, or will they support banning once and for all by the fracking workers.

“Every Tory MP who opposes fracking must now put country before party and support Labor’s ban on fracking.”

Many of the sites that could be viable for fracking are in rotating seats held by Tory MPs in the ‘red wall’, which Labor hopes to win back.

Lib Dem sources have pointed out that fracking could also be considered in the ‘blue wall’ of southern England, in the seats they hope to win.

Rees-Mogg did not indicate a reversal on lifting the moratorium on fracking and said he would be enthusiastic about the prospect of shale gas being extracted in his backyard. He did, however, share in the Guardian last week his belief that oil and gas must be phased out and that renewables are the future.

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