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Members of Environmental Audit Committee call for fracking moratorium
The Environmental Audit Committee are to report on their enquiry into fracking on Monday (26 January). Based on their conclusions they are to call for a moratorium on fracking.
This follows news reported by Friends of the Earth that a cross party group of MPs are also to propose a fracking moratorium motion in the Infrastructure Bill debate on Monday. See FoE press release here.
Please contact your MP (www.theyworkforyou.com) to ensure they are present at the debate on Monday and urge them to support amendments to remove fracking clauses (37 and 39-44) and calls for a moratorium. If possible please come and support the rally outside Parliament.
On 26 January MPs will vote on the Government's Infrastructure Bill. Amongst a number of issues - including concerns about potential threat of privatisation to the Highways Agency which PCS is opposing - the Bill intends to enshirine in law to maximise economic recovery of petroleum and to enable fracking under people's homes without permission.
Just two days before Lancashire County Council decide on Caudrilla's planning application it is critical to send a strong message to Parliament and Lancashire that the UK is not for shale.
Today (19 January) saw the launch of a new report by Friends of the Earth dispelling the myths about the scale of jobs fracking will create.
Welcoming the report, PCS assistant general secretary Chris Baugh said:
"We were told fracking would be a game changer driving down our energy bills, claims not even Lord Browne, chair of Cuadrilla believes. Now we're told the dash for gas is about energy security and jobs.
As this report shows, the arguments do not stack up in the face of the evidence and PCS is clear that investment in climate jobs - helping to reduce carbon emissions - is vital if we are to seriously address interrelated economic, energy and environmental concerns.
Development of the [North West] region’s abundant renewable energy sources and energy efficiency programmes will create better and greater employment opportunities than this literal race to the bottom for shale. Trade unions need to play a central role if we are to make a just transition to clean energy sources that protect both the jobs and livelihood of working people and the planet we inhabit."
The full press release from Friends of the Earth and a copy of the report can be accessed here.
On Wednesday (21) Lancashire County Council Planning Officers recommended that the two applications from Cuadrilla to frack at Roseacre and Little Plumpton sites should be rejected. A final decision will be taken by the Council's development control committee next week therefore important to support ongoing action and the events organised by Friends of the Earth:
The fourth national PCS green forum No to austerity - Yes to one million climate jobs took place in Manchester on 22-23 November 2014. The forum was chaired by NEC Vice President Sue Bond.
Attended by over 40 delegates the Forum heard speakers from No Dash for Gas, the Campaign Against Climate Change, World Development Movement and Friends of the Earth. The focus of this years forum was the One Million Climate Jobs campaign.
The Forum elected David Goodwin (HMRC), Austin Harney (MoJ), Jawid Iqbal (DfT), Sue Lloyd (DWP) and Jamie Vincent (CMSOA) to the Green Forum Advisory Group.
This body will support the NEC’s Climate Change and Environment Committee (CCEC) in progressing PCS’ green agenda and play a key role in developing regionally based networks of green reps. A full report of the forum will be posted shortly.
In the meantime, you can watch a video of the 2013 forum’s highlights
Over the past year, PCS has continued to play a lead role on green issues in the trade union movement, taking forward motion A93 passed at 2013 Annual Delegates Conference (ADC).
This report outlines the numerous activities which have taken place – including the Green Forum - at the level of PCS as a workplace, across the government estate, and the campaigns we are involved with.
Read the full report Becoming a Greener Union.
Thanks to PCS green reps Angelika Konko and Russ Spollin for their contributions and pictures.
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