Minister for Natural Resources, Carl Sargeant AM, says, “I will be writing to all local planning authorities requiring them to inform me of any application to frack, and therefore imposing a moratorium on fracking in Wales.”
Welsh Labour Press Release – For Immediate Use: Labour announces fracking moratorium and intention to devolve licensing powers to Wales
13 February 2015
Welsh Labour has today announced that licencing powers relating to the extraction and exploitation of onshore shale gas will be devolved following a Labour victory in May giving the people of Wales full power over fracking. In the meantime, Planning Minister Carl Sargeant will put an immediate moratorium on fracking in Wales.
The shadow Welsh Secretary and Welsh Labour’s Planning Minister today visited the Vale of Glamorgan to make the announcement ahead of Welsh Labour’s annual conference in Swansea at the weekend.
Speaking from the Vale of Glamorgan, Shadow Welsh Secretary, Owen Smith said: “A Labour government elected in May will devolve licensing powers around fracking to Wales. It is right that decisions like these are taken close to the communities that might be affected. Labour is taking decisive action to give Wales, and communities right across the UK the powers they need to develop the right safeguards and policies for the future.”
Welsh Labour’s planning Minister Carl Sargeant said: “Although we apply a precautionary principle in relation to fracking, to my mind there are still uncertainties about the technology and processes associated with it. I will now be strengthening that position and stopping any local planning authority approving any planning application for fracking. As a first step, I will be writing to all local planning authorities requiring them to inform me of any application to frack, and therefore imposing a moratorium on fracking in Wales.
“The announcement from the UK Labour Party that they will devolve licensing powers after the May election is very welcome, and gives us more control on an issue of vital and strategic importance to Wales.”
Labour’s candidate in the Vale of Glamorgan, Chris Elmore added, “Fracking is a huge issue for local people in the Vale of Glamorgan. At present there are far too many question marks over the impact of fracking on local areas so I’m delighted that Labour making this announcement today. Devolution of licensing makes sense, and the confirmation of the moratorium will be a huge boost to local people. Our communities here in the Vale of Glamorgan now have a clear choice – a frack free Wales with Labour or Tory subsidies for companies to drill under local communities.”