MP to call for fracking ban in Rother Valley

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Alexander Stafford, MP for Rother Valley, 21 January 2020. Photo: Still from Parliament TV

The MP for an area with two potential shale gas sites is expected to call in parliament for a permanent ban on fracking in his constituency.

Alexander Stafford, who represents Rother Valley in south Yorkshire, has secured an adjournment debate on Monday 28 September 2020.

The constituency has a site near the village of Harthill, where Ineos has planning permission to drill and test for shale gas.

A decision is awaited from the local government secretary on a similar application by the same company in the nearby village of Woodsetts.

Neither site has permission for fracking, which is currently the subject of a moratorium in England.


Access track to proposed Ineos shale gas site at Woodsetts. Photo: Woodsetts Against Fracking

Mr Stafford said:

“I am incredibly pleased to have secured this important parliamentary debate and deliver on my election pledge to do so.

“On Monday 28th I hope to put forward our case that fracking should not be taking place in our beautiful Rother Valley community, and that we must protect the ancient villages of Woodsetts and Harthill.”  


Ineos shale gas site at Common Road, Harthill, 2 May 2019. Photo: DrillOrDrop

Mr Stafford, first elected in Deember 2019, said he would be working before the debate with local campaign organisations, Harthill Against Fracking and Woodsetts Against Fracking . He also welcomed contributions from all constituents.

Adjournment debates last half an hour at the end of each day’s sitting. They are an opportunity for a backbench MP to raise an issue and get a response from a minister.

In his first public comment in the House of Commons in January 2020, Mr Stafford urged the government to make the moratorium permanent. Also that month, he asked nine parliamentary questions on fracking.

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