Lambert and Lucas focus on the fracking threat in the capital

Caroline Lucas, the country’s first Green MP, and London’s Green MEP Jean Lambert will be in Croydon this afternoon to highlight the threat of fracking in the capital.

Lambert and Lucas will visit a potential fracking site just a few minutes’ walk from East Croydon Station.

MP Caroline Lucas at an anti-fracking protest in Sussex in 2013: today, she's speaking in Croydon

MP Caroline Lucas at an anti-fracking protest in Sussex in 2013: today, she’s speaking in Croydon

Lucas is a leading voice in the campaign against fracking. Last August, the Brighton Pavilion MP was arrested during a peaceful protest at the exploratory drilling site in Balcombe, West Sussex, but was subsequently cleared of all charges.

In 2008, an exploratory fracking drilling licence was issued for an area encompassing Croydon, Bromley, Sutton, Mitcham and Epsom.

“Many people aren’t aware that fracking is a threat not just to our countryside, but to our capital too. It’s absurd to even consider drilling for shale gas in our overcrowded city,” Lambert said.

“With London’s pollution at dangerous levels, instead of taking action to clean up our air, the UK Government and London Mayor just stick their heads in the soil – looking for more pollutants to dig up.

“Fracking is not a quick-fix solution to our energy needs – it’s a distraction from the clean green solutions we need. It keeps us dependent on fossil-fuels, accelerates climate change, and threatens the local environment with risks to drinking water supplies, air and noise pollution.

“Rather than of listening to the oil and gas lobby, governments must listen to the climate scientists and halt this damaging dash for shale gas.

“Greens in Europe are calling for fracking to be stopped across the continent, and until this happens we are working to close the gaps in EU fracking regulation to better protect our air, soil and landscapes. We need more Greens in Europe to make sure energy policy moves in the right direction.

“We also need more Greens across the capital to keep London a frack-free zone. Only Greens will put public health before corporate wealth.”

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1 Response to Lambert and Lucas focus on the fracking threat in the capital

  1. mraemiller says:

    “Lambert and Lucas will visit a potential fracking site just a few minutes’ walk from East Croydon Station”

    It would be ironic if any fracking round East Croydon caused any major earth tremors that damaged nearby buildings given that the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain is now located at the 7th Floor, No1. Croydon, 12-16 Addiscombe Road, Croydon, London, CR0 0XT

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