A totally meaningless motion trying to confuse the public over a council’s attitude to fraccing has spread from Sefton to West Lancashire.
West Lancashire Council on 20th July passed an almost identically-worded motion to that passed in Sefton Council a few weeks earlier.
Councillor Eddie Pope, Conservative Spokesman on Planning, explaining why all the Tory councillors had abstained in the vote on the motion, expressed concern about the wording of the motion.
The motion declared that:
“This Council agrees to confirm its opposition to unconventional gas extraction (including underground coal gasification, coal bed methane and fracking under West Lancashire and neighbouring local authority areas) until such time as the Council is satisfied as to the safety and regulation of the processes and the robustness of mechanisms to mitigate short and long term impacts.”
“The Council would expect that any adverse risks relating to community, environmental, transport and health impacts would be fully addressed should any proposals be submitted for planning consideration by the appropriate Authority.”
“This Council also calls on the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and the other Liverpool City Region local authorities to pass a similar motion.”
This motion effectively says that the council would be against fracking if a proposal came before it which wasn’t safe – but it expects that any proposal which is put to it on fracking will have ‘fully-addressed’ all the concerns ie it would be completely safe.
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