SEFTON COUNCIL URGED TO SUPPORT ‘PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE’ ON FRACKING

The ‘Precautionary Principle’ should be adopted in relation to Fracking in North West England – so said Lib Dem councillors at last week’s Council meeting held at Southport Town Hall.

Birkdale councillor and Lib Dem leader, Iain Brodie Browne, proposed a motion that:

“The Council believes that, in relation to Fracking, the precautionary principle should apply, and accordingly that no Fracking should be undertaken until it has been shown that:

i) Regulations controlling pollution of water, methane gas emissions, sustainable use of water, monitoring of seismic activity and protecting local environmental quality are adequate and are strictly enforced.

ii) Methane emissions are properly monitored and accounted for in the UK’s carbon register so that the legal limits on greenhouse gas emissions in the UK’s carbon budgets are kept to.”

Members of all three parties on the Council agreed that the issue was a complex one which might best be referred to a Council Working Party. Cllr Brodie Browne said he was happy to agree to the suggestion.

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