Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Is the Welsh Government telling porkies over fracking?

Plaid Cymru calls for same powers as Scotland to protect Wales from fracking

The Party of Wales Shadow Minister for Sustainable Communities, Energy and Food Llyr Gruffydd has called for Wales to be granted the same power as Scotland to protect its communities from fracking.
Llyr Gruffydd, pictured at the Borras anti-fracking camp, challenged the Minister for Natural Resources on the progress made to devolve the power over fracking to Wales.
When the Minister claimed that “many conversations” had happened between the Welsh Government and UK Government on the matter the Plaid Cymru AM pointed out that the UK Energy Minister had last week told Plaid Cymru’s Jonathan Edwards MP that “no discussions” had happened.
The Party of Wales Shadow Minister for Sustainable Communities, Energy and Food Llyr Gruffydd said:
“The people of Wales should have the power to decide on licensing for fracking in their communities. Plaid Cymru wants Wales to have responsibility over fracking so that we can introduce a moratorium on a process that carries a host of unknown risks for the environment and public health.   
"The Scottish Government has made this happen there, but unfortunately the Welsh Government has done absolutely nothing to stand up for Wales’ interests. 
“It is now clear that the Labour Government has not made any representations to the UK Government for these powers to be devolved which suggests that Labour sees no need to challenge Westminster’s policy of promoting and encouraging fracking in Wales. 
“On top of this, Labour refused to support Plaid Cymru tabled amendments to the UK Government’s Infrastructure Bill to exclude Wales from the measures which would allow fracking operations under people’s homes. Scotland has already been given this protection. Why is Wales treated differently? 
“The Labour Government’s unwillingness to fight for these powers makes it clear to me that it is happy to see companies drill for shale gas under Welsh homes. Plaid Cymru on the other hand will not stand idly by and let our communities be exposed to such unacceptable risks.”

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