Fracking should be banned because it is
incompatible with the UK's climate targets, according to the
cross-party House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee
committee's report has been rushed out in
advance of a series of parliamentary votes this afternoon on the
Infrastructure Bill. Ten MPs have tabled
amendment to the bill that would ban
fracking "in order to reduce the risk of carbon budgets being
This amendment also has cross-party support: it
is backed by former Conservative environment secretary
Caroline Spelman along with two other
Conservatives, five Labour MPs and one each for the Liberal
Democrats and the Greens.
The Labour Party says it will block UK fracking
unless the government agrees to a series of
environmental conditions set out in a
separate amendment to the Infrastructure Bill.
The committee report and parliamentary votes
come at a crucial time for the nascent UK shale gas industry. It is
hoping to resume exploration activities, which have been on hold
since causing earth tremors in 2011.
Lancashire council's planning department
said exploratory fracking at two sites should not go ahead,
citing concerns over noise and traffic. The council's planning
committee was due to have voted on the plans this week until
Cuadrilla asked for more time.
Carbon Brief takes you through the EAC's conclusions
on fracking and the climate, and assesses the evidence behind its