TRAFFORD COUNCIL UNITED AGAINST FRACKING
Last night, Trafford Councillors determined a motion put forward by the Trafford Labour Group. Following a lengthy discussion and various amendments, the following motion was resolved:
Public concerns about fracking, that is the hydraulic fracturing of shale rock to recover gas and oil, include the risk of earth tremors, contamination of ground and surface water, the release of ‘greenhouse’ gases and noise pollution for residents living in the vicinity. All these are genuine concerns, and the public remains divided on the merits or otherwise, of ‘fracking’.
Consequently, in considering any future ‘fracking’ applications (of which none have so far been received in Trafford), this Council believes that we should listen to the views of local people, and the evidence in relation to health and safety, as it is our duty to protect the health and wellbeing of our residents. In addition, Council notes that all planning applications are considered in accordance with procedure which includes the views of residents.
The Council is opposed to ‘fracking’ until such time as it can be proved to be safe.