Gordon has written to the Government’s Secretary of State for Environment calling for a full independent inquiry into the earth tremors caused by fracking over the Bank Holiday. He has called for Fracking to be permanently banned. You can read the letter below:

Rt. Hon. Theresa Villiers MP
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2 Marsham Street,

Dear Secretary of State,

Fracking at Preston New Road (27th August 2019)

I am writing to you to demand an urgent independent investigation into the set of tremors that have been felt across Blackpool and the Fylde this weekend and to order a further halt to the operations by Cuadrilla locally right now and permanently.

The tremors, after Cuadrilla have resumed their fracking operation, are extremely alarming, with yesterday morning’s seismic event measuring 2.9 ML and widespread reports and emails from my constituents of their tales of wardrobe doors flying open, windows rattling and other disturbances.

My understanding is the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has suspended operations and will remain suspended while they gather data from this and other recent seismic events. I therefore ask you urgently set up an independent inquiry to look into the circumstances of the seismic activity this weekend and assess the damage that has occurred and the risk my constituents and their property face from ongoing tremors in the area.

Should damage occur – who will be providing compensation to my constituents? What ability will people have to claim compensation for the cumulative damage caused by these tremors – will central government make funds available or will the responsibility fall on the regulator or Cuadrilla?

I have consistently opposed fracking, alongside the majority of residents in Blackpool and surrounding areas, Lancashire County Council – and indeed many in the House on both sides.

After the latest weekend of tremors, and now huge concerns locally – work at Cuadrilla’s sites should stop – it has no part in the energy policy or the Green economy we need to see.

We must have not just a temporary pause but a permanent one as well as a proper investigation into the details of the tremors that have occurred this weekend. We cannot let this go on any longer and risk further potential damage and unsettling of local people.

I look forward to your urgent response.

Yours sincerely,

Gordon Marsden
MP for Blackpool South

CC: Rt. Hon. Andrea Leadsom MP
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


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