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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Germany, France, Scotland, now Wales....

"Fracking in the U.K. is looking increasingly like a lame duck. It's time the Government stopped trying to get this damaging and unpopular industry off the ground and started prioritizing energy efficiency and renewable energy."

"Just one week after Scotland announced its moratorium on fracking, the Welsh government voted on Wednesday to block the toxic method of shale gas extraction until it is proven safe from environmental and public health standpoints. The Plaid Cymru political party's motion calls for control over fracking to be fully devolved from Westminster—seat of the U.K. government—to the National Assembly for Wales. In addition, it "calls on the Welsh Government to do everything within its power to prevent fracking from taking place in Wales until it is proven to be safe in both an environmental and public health context."
In advance of the vote, the Welsh government had confirmed it would support the opposition party’s motion.
"It’s a historic day," North Wales assembly member Llyr Gruffyd, of the Plaid Cymru party. "This is a clear statement from the National Assembly for Wales that we want a frack-free Wales." Friends of the Earth UK has noted that fracking increases greenhouse gas emissions, risks environmental damage, and won't create the jobs in Wales that the industry promises.''

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/04/historic-vote-wales-joins-scotland-saying-no-fracking

For lists of the growing number of states and countries either banning or placing a moratorium on fracking, visit http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/about/.