The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson’s support for fracking is “symbolic of his regressive approach to London’s environmental challenges,” according to the London Assembly.
The London Assembly is an elected watchdog for the capital made up of 25 Assembly Members – 12 Labour, nine Conservative, two Liberal Democrat and two Green Party. The Assembly issued a statement criticising Boris Johnson for his “abject failure to tackle the biggest environmental challenges facing London” such as air pollution and carbon reduction – the portal Air Quality News reported. The Assembly was also outspoken on the subject of shale gas exploration in the capital saying that it “does not support any fracking activities within the boundaries of “Greater London”.
The Assembly’s stance is at odds with the Mayor’s vocal support for fracking. In an article for UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph, published in June, Boris Johnson, said that “the shale gas revolution [in the UK] is underwhelming to the point of absurdity” and called for American-style laws where landowners hold rights to any hydrocarbons under their property.
Criticising the Mayor’s track record on energy, Assembly Member Murad Qureshi said: “When the Mayor came to office his rhetoric and hyperbole were unparalleled. I’m going to “make London the greenest city in the world” he said. Six years and lot of broken promises later, we have illegal air pollution levels which prematurely kill thousands of Londoners, a cold homes crisis as people are told to put on extra layers to beat the rise in fuel costs and a serious threat that the lights might go out if London can’t generate more of its own energy. London is and should always be a no-fracking zone.”
Source: Air Quality News
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