Candidate welcomes ban on fracking in Helsby

THE Conservative parliamentary candidate in Weaver Vale Adam Wordsworth has welcomed the Government’s decision to immediately halt fracking as good news for the region.

The decision to stop all hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, activity across England, has come about in light of the latest scientific evidence.

A new report from the Oil and Gas Authority – the independent regulator – has found it is not currently possible to accurately predict the probability or magnitude of earthquakes linked to fracking, so the Government has immediately announced a moratorium and no more fracking will take place in England.

Ministers have always been clear that fracking should only proceed if the science shows that it is safe, sustainable and minimises disturbances to local communities, which Adam, who is standing for the Conservatives in the upcoming General Election on December 12, said is good news for all the local residents concerned about fracking.

Adam said: “I am determined to stand up for local residents and am delighted that there will be no fracking in Frodsham and Helsby.

“As a committed campaigner for a carbon-neutral society it’s good that the Government has acted on the latest evidence and decided to ban fracking.

“Local people will be relieved at this development as, like me, they didn’t want to see this industry in our area. This was the right decision by the Government.”

The Government will continue working to reduce the UK’s reliance on fossil fuels, having recently passed a new law that made the UK the first major economy in the world to target Net Zero emission by 2050 – meaning the UK’s contribution to global warming will end. As the independent Committee on Climate Change has said, natural gas will play an important part in achieving this target by moving the UK away from far dirtier energy sources like coal, along with other energy sources such as solar, wind and nuclear.

The deployment of 99 per cent of all solar capacity in the country has taken place under the Conservatives since 2010 and the Government is working to ensure offshore wind provides more than a third of Britain’s electricity by 2030. As a result, 2018 was the cleanest and greenest year on record – and 2019 looks to break yet more green records.

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