A committee of MPs has been accused of listening to “ill-informed” green groups instead of scientific evidence, after it called for a ban on fracking for shale gas, citing health and environmental fears, the Daily Telegraph reports.
The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) on Monday called for fracking to be put on hold indefinitely, and at a minimum banned in national parks, amid “huge uncertainties around the impact that fracking could have on water supplies, air quality and public health”.
Developing shale gas is also “incompatible” with the UK’s legally-binding climate change targets, it claimed.
Eight committee members, including former Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman, have cited this as grounds for a moratorium on fracking, in an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill, due to be debated on Monday.
But Government sources dismissed the EAC report as “total rubbish”, while academics criticised the Committee’s findings.
Professor Quentin Fisher, Professor of petroleum geoengineering at the University of Leeds, said: “It is disappointing to see a Government committee putting the ill-informed views of anti-fracking groups ahead of evidence-based scientific studies.”
Prof Fisher, who has conducted research funded by the oil industry, said: “The report totally overstates the dangers of shale gas extraction such as groundwater pollution, health risk and geological integrity.”
Greens exaggerating – surely not?