Would-be Labour MP speaks out over fracking

exploratory fracking drilling rig. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
exploratory fracking drilling rig. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Pendle, Azhar Ali, has spoken out against plans for fracking in East Lancashire.

Azhar who, as county councillor and cabinet member on Health and Wellbeing, commissioned the world’s first independent health impact assessment on fracking, says he is extremely concerned about any plans to extract natural gas from shale rock.

The report raises serious questions around the safety, pollution and the unknown factors around environmental impact as well as the lack of a regulator for the fracking industry.

County Coun. Ali said: “I agree with Ed Miliband when he visited Pendle recently and said fracking is not the answer to our energy problems.

“We need to be focusing more on renewables as part of our country’s long term energy needs. We cannot afford to give a blank cheque to big business to play Russian Roulette with our environment and our health, as there is no evidence to prove that fracking is safe”