Saturday, 3 August 2013

Taking a precautionary line on 'Fracking'

The issues of shale gas exploration (often called 'fracking') and coal bed methane have been very much in the public eye lately. B&NES Council is no exception.

At its meeting of 11 July, Council considered a motion on this issue. The main thrust of the motion is to express concern over the risks that fracking could pose to the Bath hot springs, local bodies of water and the local environment generally.

The motion goes on to call for an evidence-based report on these issues including information about what powers the Council might use to control and prevent such works.

Speaking in the debate, many Councillors expressed their opposition to fracking generally. Beyond the protection of the hot springs (which is paramount), our Councillors raised environmental concerns relating to water pollution and extension of our dependence on fossil fuels.

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