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The well head of a fracking pump.

NEC Statement – Scottish Fracking Moratorium

The Liberal Party notes with agreement the decision of the Scottish government to extend its existing moratorium on fracking.

The Westminster government continues to push fracking aggressively despite there being sufficient evidence to show that the fracking process poses a real risk to public health, the environment, the climate and fair competition

The party remains concerned that insufficient research exists into the long-term effects of pumping high pressure water and chemicals into subterranean strata and its effect on the public water supply.

As such it believes such a moratorium should be extended to all of England and Wales until adequate research into fracking has been conducted and reviewed, and the public are fully briefed on its effects.