The Labour Party has just made the anti-fracking and environmental campaigners very happy by announcing that it would ban fracking should it come to power in the next general election. Of course, this is not good news for mining contractors as many mining companies have shifted to shale gas exploration and extraction, which requires fracking as a method to extract the gas from within rock formations.
The announcement was made by Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary Barry Gardiner during the Labour Party’s annual conference, which is being held in Liverpool. Gardiner stated that a government formed by the party would prohibit fracking without thinking twice about it.
He went on to add that fracking means being dependent on fossil fuels, but the country needs to move towards renewable sources of energy. While the next Labour government would focus more on clean energy and technologies, it would consult trade unions as well as industries to come up with a viable solution to move to renewables. Gardiner stated that this consultation was important to ensure job and apprenticeship opportunities in a low-carbon economy.
However, not everyone from the Labour Party supported this view. Former Shadow Energy Secretary Caroline Flint pointed out that Britain was still dependent on imported gas, and hence, it did not make sense to ban fracking. She said that the Labour Party would have to come up with an alternative energy source to make sure that the country’s energy needs are met. She also mentioned that the party should clearly explain its policy and its stance on energy.
This announcement came a few weeks after Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn reiterated that he was committed to environmentally friendly energy sources, and was looking to give more importance to renewables rather than fossil fuels and energy from mining sources.
The Conservative have been supporting the country’s shale gas industry, stating that it creates jobs and reduces the UK’s dependence on imported gas while keeping energy prices down.