The Budget of 20th March 2013 was a disappointing one for environmental campaigners and the people of Wales, and other parts of the United Kingdom. The announcement that George Osborne wants “Britain to tap into new sources of low cost energy like shale gas” is damaging to our futures indeed.
The Chancellor has decreed that not only is the Government in favour of Fracking and other unconventional fossil fuel extraction methods but they are willing to pay for it with taxpayers funds by “introducing a generous new tax regime, including a shale gas field allowance, to promote early investment.” They are also planning to roll this out “by the summer” by issuing “new planning guidance”.
The pseudo threatening language of the phrase “and we will make it happen” produces from us the response “and we will stop you”.
These unconventional methods are unsafe and polluting, it doesn’t matter how many jobs are created.
The global anti-fracking movement is growing.
We will not allow our futures to be sold off to the highest bidder.
We are holding a day of action on Tuesday 16th April 2013 at 8am outside the Senedd to protest at these shocking plans. At the end of the action we will hand a letter and a report written by Andy Chyba outlining our concerns to First Minister Carwyn Jones. You can find the Facebook Event invitation here.
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