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SPOTLIGHT IS ON SALFORD COUNCIL TO BAN FRACKING AFTER BURY
 

Star date: 15th July 2016

AS BURY COUNCIL BANS FRACKING CAMPAIGNERS TURN SIGHTS TO SALFORD

On Wednesday night, Bury Council passed a motion to prohibit fracking on all its land and committed to going fossil free by 2025. Now campaigners are turning their attention to Salford City Council and new City Mayor, Paul Dennett, who has the Environment brief for Greater Manchester.

"Bolton and now Bury Council have both taken steps to protect their local communities from fracking" says Jenny Ross of Frack Free Greater Manchester "The spotlight is now on Salford Council to follow suit."

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On Wednesday night a full meeting of Bury Council passed a motion to prohibit fracking on all its land, and committed to going fossil free by 2025, as campaigners cheered the news on the Town Hall steps.

"Fracking is a zero sum game, you either accept the risk or you don't" said Council Leader Rishi Shori "and this council doesn't accept the risk."

Labour's Sedgley Councillor, Alan Quinn, spoke of the double standards of the Government's energy policy, saying they took public consultation on wind farms seriously, yet threatened to take decisions on fracking out of local people's hands... "It's one rule for them and another for us" he explained "The future is not fracking; the future is green

And Councillor Sandra Walmsley slated the so-called `community benefits', seen as bribes to accept fracking... "I'd rather have a frack free future, a clean environment for my family and community, than accept any fracking bung offered on the side."

Meanwhile, Councillor Nick Parnell outlined the dangers of unconventional oil and gas extraction: "If a wind turbine goes wrong it can be repaired. If fracking goes wrong it contaminates land and water for future generations."

What a contrast to Salford City Council, which was on the front line of protest when fracking company IGas came to Barton Moss in 2013/14. Not one single councillor went down to the drilling site to see the protests for themselves.

Indeed, a `Memorandum of Understanding' obtained under the Freedom of Information Act showed the high level of collusion between Salford Council, IGas, Greater Manchester Police, Peel Holdings and other organisations during the anti-fracking protests - sharing intelligence and communications, while having daily briefings (see here).

Now, campaigners' attention is turning back to Salford Council, particularly with new Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, having the Environment brief at Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).

Dennett has declared himself to be anti-fracking (although he was nowhere to be seen at Barton Moss), and now Frack Free Greater Manchester and other groups are waiting to see him put his words into action...

"Bolton and now Bury Council have both taken steps to protect their local communities from fracking" says Jenny Ross from Frack Free GM "After the violently policed Barton Moss protests and their refusal to debate fracking - even after a 3,000 strong petition was handed in asking them to oppose it - the spotlight is now on Salford Council to follow suit.

"New parts of the city are now vulnerable to fracking licenses in Walkden, Swinton, Pendlebury, Roe Green and Clifton" she adds "It's time they recognised it is renewables not fracking that will bring jobs and prosperity to this city and stopped backing fracking ."

Meanwhile campaigners were relishing the decision from Bury Council. Labour Party member, Karen Leach, who played a leading part in developing and initiating the motion, said: "I'm so proud Bury Council approved this motion tonight. It is a victory for democracy, a victory for local communities in Bury and, more importantly, a victory for the safeguarding of the future of our natural environment."

And Pete Fillery from Ramsbottom Against Fracking added: "Hopefully this won't just effect Bury, we'll be held up as an example for many more local authorities to bring about measures to help protect local communities."

Michael James Felse wrote
at 09:18:15 on 18 July 2016
Thank you The Ender. We agree fracking uses poison inject to replace the extracted gas. This poisons our ground. The rain then filters into the ground. Any water gets poisoned. Now, any gym trainer will tell us a person should drink 2 litres of water a day. If we say 300,000 more people come into the UK a year, they will drink 600,000 litres a day. That is 180,000,000 litres a year added each year. Plus washing, cooking, etc. Why do our politicians not realise we will need every drop of clean water and must ban all fracking as one of the measures against civil unrest. We must also listen to the immigration talk or face the future's end.

The end wrote
at 07:39:20 on 18 July 2016
Michael, I am also against fracking, but let's use the correct arguments. Poisoning of the ground is the important one. Personally I think we are years away again due to the fall in gas and oil wholesale prices

Michael James Felse wrote
at 23:36:50 on 17 July 2016
TheEnder is correct in our current water supply. But fails to take into account the influx of 300,000 people a year adding to water consumption. The future supply will suffer as surface water filters through into natural reserves, poisoned by fracking chemicals. It is for the future lives of our young families we must stop fracking in England, including the Lake District, Pennines and Salford.

The end wrote
at 21:18:08 on 17 July 2016
Michael you clearly have no idea where you drinking water comes from. Look up the facts you clown. Salfords is mainly from the Lake District or Pennines not local ground water. You talk a lot of crap on here, makes the publication look more looney than it already is

Michael James Felse wrote
at 13:14:02 on 16 July 2016
Well done Bury. I want a new Mayor of Greater Manchester to stop all fracking in Greater Manchester by an assembly order. We have no right to poison our water supply by pumping in the mad chemicals into gas pocket replacements. Fracking is disasterous and must be a main policy issue in the Mayor election. I ask all candidates to make it clear that whoever wins they will ban all fracking in Greater Manchester.

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