The Government has two consultations open until October 25, 2018, which aim to speed up permissions for onshore shale gas operations. The effect of what is proposed is to undermine local democracy and accountability and speed through, without proper scrutiny, applications for operations including fracking which is of significant public concern. Please respond to the consultations before the deadline.
Of the plans, Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the South East said:
"The plan to ride roughshod over local residents and their representatives in the pursuit of environmentally-destructive fracking is frighteningly anti-democratic. It's shameful enough that the Tories, in a bid to fast-track, fracking have already done this in places such as Lancashire. The Government is making a total sham of any pretence of localism."
"To protect local democracy, we need as many people as possible to respond to these consultations and tell the government what a dangerous proposal this is."
What can you do?
- Reply to the consultations by October 25, 2018
- Copy your response to your MP and local councillor and ask them to object too
To help constituents and residents across the country respond to the consultations, the senior Green Party politician has produced a set of briefings which can be downloaded below.
Say no to fast-tracking fracking [for South East consituents]
Say no to fast-tracking fracking [for residents in rest of England]
How to email your representatives
You can email your MP through the writetothem.com platform. All you need to know is your postcode.
You can also write to your local councillor with a copy of your response and ask them to propose a motion at the next council meeting for your local authority to object to these proposals on the grounds that they reduce democracy and local engagement and accountability.
You can also find out who your local councillors are on the writetothem.com platform.