Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.

08 MAY 2019

Fracking Regulations

Thank you for taking the time to email me about calls by the shale gas industry to weaken regulations governing earthquakes caused by fracking.

I understand your concern on this matter and I realise that shale gas explorations remains controversial. For the record, I am not in favour of weakening the restrictions.

At the start of this year the Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, Claire Perry MP stated the following the House after this issue was raised with her:

I have absolutely no plans to change the traffic lights system. The current fracking proposals being tested in Lancashire right now were developed with that system. The fact is that that system is working and being triggered even by micro-tremors; the hon. Gentleman will know that we have had some great evidence from the University of Liverpool as to how small the tremors actually are. If we are to take forward what could be a very valuable industry, it is only right that we do so with the toughest environmental regulations in the world, so I say again that there are no plans from the Government to change the traffic lights system.

You can view the government guidance on onshore oil and gas exploration in the UK regulation and best practice here.

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