COUNCILLORS in East Yorkshire have backed calls to seek Govern-ment assurances that the region will not be “targeted” for the controversial gas method fracking.

A motion on the issue, proposed by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s portfolio holder for environment, planning and housing, Coun Symon Fraser, was unanimously passed at a full meeting of the authority.

Coun Fraser said: “Fracking will be targeted by virtue of geology, but we need reassurance that certain communities will not be seen as a soft touch, and various comments from Whitehall gave not helped to give confidence in the fairness of the system.”