Davies Catches out Osborne on Fracking in First PMQs

Swansea West MP Geraint Davies today asked a question to George Osborne MP, who was stepping in for the Prime Minister at the weekly Prime Ministers Questions.

Davies asked “Will the Chancellor confirm that the waste water from fracking will be properly treated, so that it is safe to drink again?”

Geraint Davies said “George Osborne was unable to answer the question because the millions of tons of water that will be used in fracking becomes so poisonous with added chemicals it is uneconomic to treat in order to make it safe for human consumption.

“It is important to know that Fracking will generate enormous quantities of contaminated water, as well as gasses that threaten public health. Before the government rushes through the energy bill to allow fast-track fracking with light-touch regulation we need to pause.

“Fracking is also inconsistent with our carbon emissions target and as George Osborne talked about the economic befits of fracking while ignoring the environmental costs, on a day that hundreds of people, including many from Swansea were in London to lobby their MPs on climate change.”


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