Trafford Council last night (Wednesday 12 November) formally voted to oppose fracking at its Full Council meeting. The Trafford Labour group had submitted a motion opposing fracking  which was also supported by the Liberal Democrat group. During the debate the motion was amended to affirm that Trafford council will oppose fracking “until such time as it can be proven safe” and this was passed with cross-party support.
Over 1500 people have signed a petition to Trafford Council opposing fracking. Local campaigners, who had gathered outside the Town Hall ahead of the meeting, reacted with delight at the news the council was opposing fracking but called on Councillors to do the same for other unconventional gas such as coal bed methane which is proposed for Davyhulme.
Pete Abel, a Trafford resident and co-ordinator of Manchester Friends of the Earth said: “We are pleased that Trafford Councillors have acted to protect their residents against the risks of fracking, and call on them to do the same for other risky unconventional gas such as coal bed methane extraction which is proposed for Davyhulme. Trafford’s economy and environment could benefit hugely from renewables and energy efficiency which will offer far more for jobs and will tackle climate change more effectively than dirty gas.”
The council were due to decide on an application by IGas to drill for unconventional gas in Davyhulme at the October planning committee meeting, but this was postponed following concerns raised by Friends of the Earth regarding the environmental assessment.
From press release sent out by Friends of the Earth.