Brent council to go frack-free
Commenting on reports today (Friday 1 November) that Brent Council is seeking to ban fracking in the London borough, Friends of the Earth’s Energy Campaigner Helen Rimmer said:
“It’s fantastic news that Brent council is seeking to ban fracking in response to concerns of local residents.
“Shale gas is another climate changing fossil fuel that needs to be left in the ground – the real solutions to our energy needs are renewables and slashing energy waste.
“We expect other councils will follow Brent’s lead – huge swathes of the UK could be opened up for fracking when a new licencing round commences next year.”
Notes to editor
1. Earlier this year Brighton and Hove City council made a “declaration of intent” to keep the area free of fracking.
2. Fracking is a dirty word. The Government is threatening to puncture our green and pleasant land with countless fracking rigs in a headlong dash for gas, with little thought to local people. Shale gas is a dirty fossil fuel that contributes to climate change, and it poses serious local environmental risks such as water contamination and shortages. Meanwhile, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest it won’t lower fuel bills, and it risks taking much-needed investment away from renewables and energy saving.
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