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Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Fracking (17 Feb 2021)

Alexander Stafford: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the proppant squeeze process is prohibited under the Government's moratorium on fracking in relation to seismic activity.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Functioning of Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill: Final Stage (2 Feb 2021)

Jim Wells: ...any form of private Members' Bill. That is for the Executive and Ministers to deal with". Mr O'Dowd, your Member for Fermanagh and South Tyrone Mr Lynch is bringing forward a Bill to prevent fracking. I will remind him of your comments when he stands up to speak during that Bill's Second Stage.

Financial Services Bill - Second Reading (28 Jan 2021)

Baroness McIntosh of Pickering: ...financing and the opportunity that this would give, in the context of the Bill, to benchmark all stocks against green credentials. For me, a particularly welcome recent move has been the ban on fracking in the United States. I will quote the words of Mark Carney, who said when he launched his Green Horizon summit in November last year: “Private finance will play a critical role in...

Future of Coal in the UK (3 Dec 2020)

Owen Thompson: ...technologies, including the potential role of hydrogen to help decarbonise heat, is where our energies should lie. What there will not be under the Scottish SNP Government’s watch is any kind of fracking or any unabated new coal power generation. The last coal power station in Scotland closed in 2016. Should there be any new application, it would not be considered without having carbon...

Public Bill Committee: Environment Bill: New Clause 3 - Well consents for hydraulic fracturing: cessation of issue and termination (24 Nov 2020)

Rebecca Pow: ...that. The Government have always been clear that the development of domestic energy sources, including shale gas, must be safe for local communities and for the environment. With regard to fracking and shale gas development, the Government have taken a science-led approach to exploring the potential of the industry, underpinned by world-leading environmental and safety regulations. In...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Committee for the Economy: Energy Strategy Report (23 Nov 2020)

Philip McGuigan: ...allow exploration for further fuel reserves in the North. Ireland's fossil fuels must remain in the ground. That is the view of the Assembly, as expressed clearly and loudly in a recent debate on fracking and petroleum licensing. It is a view that must direct the action, strategies and policies of the Economy Minister. The Climate Change Committee requires at least a 35% reduction by 2030...

International Trade: Japan Trade Agreement: Climate Change Commitments (19 Nov 2020)

Christine Jardine: ...dispute settlement clause in the new UK-Japan FTA, as ISDS has been used by large corporations to sue Governments over environmental regulations on issues such as water pollution, deforestation and fracking. Will the Minister confirm that, to protect our natural environment, the UK will not seek such an arrangement with either Japan or any other new trading partners after Brexit?

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Government Climate Change Champion (12 Nov 2020)

Stewart Stevenson: ...brings its climate change conference to Glasgow next year. Does it not undermine prospects for its success that Boris Johnson has appointed as his Government’s climate change champion a pro-fracking Tory member of Parliament who has campaigned against wind farms?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Onshore Drilling (9 Nov 2020)

Philip McGuigan: ...studies on these islands and further afield that have shown that the practices are deeply damaging to the environment and to the health and well-being of the population, will you commit to ending fracking and conventional exploration for fossil fuels?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Order 2020 (3 Nov 2020)

Gerry Carroll: ...I have signed up to and support will likely be hollow and false from the beginning. Not only that but environmental campaigners are right to be worried that the Executive may try to ram through fracking proposals again in Fermanagh. Added to that, the fact that two green energy schemes — RHI and anaerobic digesters — have hit the news, not because of their success in reducing CO2...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 115 (2 Nov 2020)

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb: ...the power to investigate distortive and harmful subsidies could have a powerful impact on wiping out the implicit and explicit subsidies for fossil fuels, particularly unconventional oil and gas fracking. These implicit and explicit subsidies include a streamlined planning process and no requirement for the company to make a bond, unlike the landfill industry, equating to the government...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Onshore Petroleum Licensing and Drilling (13 Oct 2020)

Philip McGuigan: ...of extraction. As has been pointed out, there are currently no petroleum licences in place in the North, so the time could not be better to cease the practice. The motion is about more than just fracking. It is important, however, as others have done, to point out its dangers. Whether it is methane pollution and its impact on climate change, the pollution of air and water, workers and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Onshore Petroleum Licensing and Drilling (13 Oct 2020)

Sean Lynch: ...on record recently: 0·05°C hotter than last September. Scientists say that that is a clear indication of temperatures being driven by emissions from human activity. The motion mentions the ban on fracking in the South of Ireland. That was passed into law two years ago and was welcomed by communities across the country where fracking had been mooted, including in counties surrounding my...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Economy: Renewable Energy Targets (12 Oct 2020)

Pat Catney: ...mentions the figure of 70%. On that basis, I think that, in this climate, that target is very ambitious. Will the Minister rule out any exploration for oil and gas in Northern Ireland, including fracking?

Fracking: Rother Valley (28 Sep 2020)

Kwasi Kwarteng: ...to not only his constituents but the wider public. I also thank my hon. Friend the Member for North East Derbyshire (Lee Rowley), who has shown real leadership and passion in his campaign against fracking. He has had an impact in the short time he has been here, in terms of changing people’s minds and changing, to some degree, how the Government approach this issue. I have to stress...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: United Kingdom Internal Market Bill (22 Sep 2020)

Sinead McLaughlin: ..., if we want to protect the health and well-being of livestock, we may not be able to. If we want to eliminate zero-hours contracts, we may not be able to. What happens if we confirm a policy of no fracking and one of the other nations says that fracking is OK? The Welsh Government are concerned that even their building regulations could be replaced by those of England. Regulation sits at...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: Clause 46 - Power to provide financial assistance for economic development etc (16 Sep 2020)

Colum Eastwood: ...party, the Alliance party or the Ulster Unionist party. This Bill would allow a Whitehall Minister to override the wishes and very strong views of people in Northern Ireland on issues such as fracking and water charges. Who wants to see that happen in our devolved areas? More than any policy risk, the Bill creates even more instability in our system, and we cannot afford that. Just look at...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: Clause 28 - Functions of the CMA under this Part: general provisions (15 Sep 2020)

Neale Hanvey: ...Market. This office of inquisition will have the power to pass judgment on devolved laws and could quickly become the target of rich corporate lobbyists determined to see activities such as fracking go ahead against the will of the Scottish people.


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