A motion to an East Riing of Yorkshire Council meeting sought reassurance from the Government that the East Riding is not a target area for “Fracking”
Portfolio Holder for Environment, Planning and Housing, Coun Symon Fraser, who put the motion forward, said: “Fracking of course will be targeted by virtue of geology, but we need reassurance from Government that certain communities will not be seen as a soft touch. Various comments from Whitehall have not helped to give confidence in the fairness of the system. It is, in my view, unacceptable for prominent politicians to comment that it’s fine for Fracking to take place in the remote North East”
The motion to the Council, which proposed to write to Government to seek reassurances that no areas or communities will be unduly targeted for this activity, was unanimously passed.
Coun Phyllis Pollard said: “When we hear that the supposed desolate North East is the place to exploit on-shore reserves of shale gas there is bound to be concerns from our residents. What is needed is for the Government and the various companies developing shale gas to be more open in explaining the new technology to the public and what safeguards and regulations will be in place”
Coun Fraser, who represents the Driffield and rural ward, added: “We just need to be confident that the decision process is not unfairly influenced by political interference”