Gordon has written the following letter in support of opponents to Fracking as the public inquiry into Cuadrilla's appeal nears it conclusion.
Today the Public Inquiry must respect the wishes of people living in Lancashire and categorically reject Cuadrilla’s plans to frack on the Fylde Coast! Anything else would make a mockery of the Government’s claim to champion localism and devolution to areas like ours.
All of you here today, as well as large numbers of local people including farmers, business owners, health professionals, and myself have publically voiced their disapproval to fracking. Concerns about safety, the impact on our countryside, people’s public health and our local tourism industry.
That’s why Councillor Jennifer Mein, Leader of the County Council, was absolutely right to point out to the Government the democratic decision of people in Lancashire, and to override it would deeply undermine local democracy and the good people of Lancashire.
This Government just doesn’t get it! How can it be right to give local communities the final say on wind farms but not on fracking? That’s why I and my colleague Cat Smith have pressed the Prime Minister on this very issue in the House of Commons, but in usual Cameron fashion, he refused to answer our questions and ignore the anxieties of thousands of others in Lancashire.
And following a new bill on fracking from my colleague Geraint Davies MP, there are now further concerns emerging with data on fugitive methane emissions that shows fracking is two-and-a-half times worse than coal from a climate change perspective.
To the so-called fans of fracking, I have this message - fracking is not the way forward. Wind and Solar energy are, and with the already strong offshore activity at Liverpool Bay and other green initiatives, there is huge potential to expand this and make renewable energy the genuinely viable alternative for the Fylde and the rest of the North West in the years ahead.
Let’s make that point loud and hard to the pro-frackers, to those at the public inquiry, and of course this out of touch Tory Government and say that fracking is not welcome on the Fylde Coast!
Member of Parliament for Blackpool South