A new motion in Wales is putting a freeze on fracking until further research is done to prove its safety. Wales joined Scotland who also announced a temporary ban on fracking.
The ban was proposed by Plaid Cymru and upheld by the Welsh Assembly, but the decision stands with Westminster. Many Welsh politicians are asking this decision power be "devolved" since they will be attending the general election come May in Scotland, according to Edie.net, a website focused on doing business better and in a more sustainable way.
This means that any approved fracking will come to a halt, including the recent permission to start "exploratory drilling" in the Vale of Glamorgan and neighboring areas.
The news was warmly received by environmental activists who greatly oppose the fracturing technique.
In a message from Greenpease energy campaigner, Simon Clydesdale, he stated:
"Westminster's pro-fracking ministers are looking increasingly isolated and out of touch, as both Scotland and Wales slam their doors in the face of the shale industry.
"While the Westminster leadership marches on, hand in hand with the shale industry, leaders from Germany, France, New York State and now Scotland and Wales are listening to their communities and putting a freeze on this dirty, risky fossil fuel industry."
"Ed Miliband should join his common-sense colleagues in Wales and Scotland and back a moratorium across the UK. Clearly fracking is becoming increasingly politically toxic - MPs across all parts of the UK should realise this, or they may pay the price in May's election."
While it seems the industry is losing ground in the U.K., activists are pressuring the government to stop fracking altogether and start putting more focus on renewable energy.
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