Brecon and Radnorshire MP Roger Williams was one of just 52 MPs to vote for a moratorium on fracking this week in the House of Commons. Roger has also welcomed the news that the Government agreed to protect the National Parks from fracking.
The amendments were part of the bigger Infrastructure Bill containing a range of other infrastructure measures including a cycling strategy and planning reforms. The Infrastructure Bill received an unopposed third reading and will now return to the Lords for further legislative scrutiny.
Roger Williams was a co-signatory to the amendment and voted for the amendment calling for a moratorium of 30 months on any exploration or exploitation of shale gas. Only 52 MPs voted in favour for this amendment, the Labour Party abstained and the Conservatives voted against it. The amendment was therefore defeated.
Commenting Roger Williams MP said:
“I have taken a very close interest in the issue of fracking and met with Friends of the Earth, and also companies that would wish to explore and exploit shale gas. I have come to the opinion that sufficient safeguards are not in place for fracking to go ahead at the moment. Therefore I voted for a moratorium of 30 months on any exploration or exploitation. That means there would be no activity for 2.5 years. I signed an amendment to that effect and voted for the amendment. Unfortunately the amendment was easily defeated with the Labour party abstaining and the Conservative party voting against.”