Geraint Davies, MP for Swansea West, today challenged the Government in Parliament during Prime Minister’s Question Time, following the decision to give hydraulic fracturing (fracking) energy production the go-ahead in the UK.
Speaking in Parliament, Geraint Davies said, “Satellite data shows that 6% of methane from fracking is leaked through fugitive emissions. Given that methane is 86 times worse than CO2 for global warming over a 20 year timeframe, will he [the minister] support the Council of Europe’s call for the banning of fracking, or at least a maximum of 0.1% fugitive emissions at the well-head?”
Geraint’s question follows last week’s decision by the Parliamentary Assembly to the Council of Europe, which represents 47 countries, to unanimously approve a report set out by Geraint Davies who is Rapporteur for Fracking on the Council of Europe, said, “It is a great shame that the UK Government is choosing to ignore the environmental evidence as well as the voice of local communities who oppose fracking.
“For the sake of our planet, our health and future generations, we must end our reliance of fossil fuels. 75 per cent of identified fossil fuels cannot be used if our Paris climate change pledges are to be honoured. Theresa May must listen to communities and scientists who oppose fracking in Lancashire, which the Government has given the go-ahead. Not doing so will undermine the UK’s climate change commitments made at the COP21 Conference in Paris last year.”