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Yorkshire MEP calls for "No dirty fuel in Britain"


6:12am 24th March 2011
(Updated 4:59pm 24th March 2011)

Local Euro MP, Diana Wallis, joins a photo petition to keep so-called 'dirty fuel' out of Europe

Local Euro MP Diana Wallis has joined a photo petition giving her support to the campaign to get EU climate change law that would effectively prohibit tar sands oil getting into Europe.

Tar sands, the so called 'dirty fuel', are mainly extracted in Alberta, Canada and have gained the anger of environmentalists as the extraction process produces three to five times as many greenhouse gas emissions as conventional oil extraction. The water intensive process also pollutes local rivers and lakes and destroys the landscape for many thousands of square miles. The associated pollution, deforestation and disturbance of wildlife also threaten the traditional livelihoods and well-being of indigenous communities.

The photo petition campaign organised by Co-operative Bank, Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace and WWF-UK's calls for action to keep oil extracted from tar sands from being imported into Europe.

Diana Wallis, a Liberal Democrat MEP for Yorkshire & the Humber, said:

"The excavation of tar sands is a disastrous practice. I don't want to see oil from this source coming into Europe.

"However, there is a danger that the under pressure from the Canadian Government and big oil companies that the EU might have to water down the key piece of EU climate legislation to ban tar sands from Europe.

"I have given my support through this photo petition to the strong campaign inside the European Parliament and beyond to make sure tar sands are banned from Europe."

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