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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.

Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies (Environmentally Sustainable Investment) Bill (11 Sep 2020)

Chris Green: ...countries around the world to the United States, creating manufacturing jobs there. We would all want more of that here in the United Kingdom, but that was achieved in the US in part because of the fracking industry. Fracking is a very controversial technology—a very controversial source of energy—in the United Kingdom. In fact, it is very controversial in the United States of...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Fracking: Lancashire (6 Aug 2020)

Lord Greaves: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the withdrawal by Aurora Energy Resources of their planning application for fracking at Altcar Moss, Lancashire; and what advice they will give to companies about future fracking projects in the light of this withdrawal.

Summer Adjournment (22 Jul 2020)

Alexander Stafford: ...for our communities. I remain steadfast in my opposition to hurtful projects such as HS2, which will bring untold damage and no benefits to the communities of Rother Valley. Similarly, I oppose fracking. It is a retrograde step, and not what we want for our future green economy to rebuild jobs. It is important for us in this House to remember that constituencies such as Rother Valley are...

Trade Bill: New Clause 5 - Disclosure of information by other authorities (20 Jul 2020)

Ruth Cadbury: ...are done unless it meets recently agreed EU vehicle safety standards? Investor-state dispute settlements have been used by corporations to get rid of plain packaging on cigarettes, scrap bans on fracking, overturn bans on certain medications and stop compensation payments after oil spills. Without transparency, those with the deepest pockets win, we lose our consumer, environmental and...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fracking: Ground Water (16 Jul 2020)

Olivia Blake: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of increased shale gas exploitation on UK groundwater.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Fracking (8 Jul 2020)

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the University of Stirling on the Government's response to public health concerns on shale gas exploration, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health in July 2020; and if he will make a statement.

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Implementation of international trade agreements (23 Jun 2020)

Bill Esterson: ...right that we set an example to the world by honouring our Paris commitments, and honouring them in primary legislation is a formidable way of doing that. I am glad that she reminded me about fracking. There is fracking a mile from my constituency, and it causes enormous problems. Its relevance to the amendment is that the same companies engaged in fracking are able, under ISDS provisions...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Fossil Fuels: Argentina (21 May 2020)

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the value was of export credits awarded to oil, gas and fracking projects in Argentina in each of the last 10 years.

Trade Deals and Fair Trade — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (11 Mar 2020)

Geraint Davies: ...protect the host environment, workers’ rights and so on, and such settlements make it possible for a fine to be levied against the host country. The Minister will know of cases such as Lone Pine fracking in Canada, which sued Canada for hundreds of millions of dollars because Quebec decided to have a moratorium on fracking. There are cases of companies suing Mexico on the grounds that it...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Fracking and Wind Power: Finance (11 Mar 2020)

Steve Reed: ...of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much funding has been allocated to support (a) planning development and (b) processing of applications by local authorities for (i) fracking and (ii) onshore wind sites in each of the last five years.

British Steel Industry (10 Mar 2020)

Kwasi Kwarteng: ...in the way I described. I mentioned the funds and actual policy engagement; we see leaders in the steel sector often. I am pleased that my hon. Friend raisd this issue; it makes a change from fracking, which he often raises with me. However, this is of fundamental importance not only to our industrial strategy but for jobs. I have been struck and impressed by the human stories and the...


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