Oppose fracking in Calderdale says Labour

Labour councillors are to press for Calderdale Council to take a tougher stance on fracking.

Fracking rigs like this one are a common site in America

The Labour group is asking for council officers to “take all possible steps” to protect Calderdale’s environment and people from problems arising from the controversial mining method.

Third Energy yesterday announced it is asking for permission to carry out the first fracking in Yorkshire at a site close to Malton in North Yorkshire.

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Coun Dan Sutherland, who has tabled the motion, said: “We have major concerns about safety and the environmental threat from fracking. We also believe that it is irresponsible of the government to encourage and promote massive investment in fracking when the clear message from climate scientists is that we need to reduce carbon emissions to protect our long term future.

“Whilst we must consider any specific application on its merits, we think the time is right to set out our general position. We also want to ask officers to work now on developing the council’s policies

and understanding, so that we have the right framework in place to respond to any future proposals that may arise.”