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No fracking here
AT YORK’S full council meeting on October 11, I put a question on hydrolic shale gas fracturing to the member with planning responsibilities, Coun Dave Merrett. Concerned about the environmental and public health effects of drilling for shale gas, I am keen for York to declare a “Frack Free Zone”.
I asked: “Please will the Cabinet Member investigate declaring York hydrolic frack free within the local development plan, or the legal wording of limiting conditions of any drilling operations potential affecting York’s drinking water supplies and consequent public health?”
Coun Merrett promised to do so, adding that he felt that climate change effects of shale gas mining were of serious concern.
An anti-shale gas fracturing campaign run by the Cooperative membership has shown the film Gas Lands. It documents worrying effects, including poisoned wells, water than can be set alight and its dangerous cocktail of chemicals, plus earthquakes.
Though drilling may not take place within York’s boundaries, what happens nearby will affect ground water. I am extremely concerned that York’s drinking supplies must as clean as possible.