This time, it’s petitioning Teresa May directly, with regard to the sweeping away of planning regulations with regard to exploratory drilling. Just in case you didn’t see it, the fracking reference in the Conservative manifesto is shown below, contrary to the majority of other parties’ manifestos which called for a ban.
Firstly, the link to the petition: https://www.change.org/p/theresa-may-mp-do-not-deny-our-democratic-right-to-say-no?source_location=minibar
Then just a few counter-comments for the manifesto statements:
- “Shale is clearer than coal” – Alas not. It’s all about the leaks. Methane is much much worse for the environment. Link here and here
- “Maintain public confidence in the process” – there is no public confidence, so they need to build it, not maintain it.
- “Uphold our rigorous environmental protections” – if they continue to under-fund key agencies for environmental protection, who will be checking if the frackers are sticking to the rules?
- Shale Wealth Fund – INEOS are well known for moving their headquarters out of the UK to Switzerland to avoid tax, so what makes the government think they will actually be declaring sufficient profits to share the wealth?
- Permitted development – like a garden wall. How can an exploratory well be the same as building a garden wall? Does that mean that we will all be allowed to build extensions now without planning permission?
- “Where communities decide that it is right for them” – so i) you’ve just informed us that we won’t get a say anyway, as the planning will go through the National Planning Regime (?) ii) does that mean that if we say no, and you frack us anyway, that we won’t get anything?