At a packed meeting of North East Derbyshire Labour Party, members debated and backed the following policy:
This Constituency Labour Party opposes Fracking (i.e. a method used to extract natural gas from shale rock formations), in the areas we cover. We also disagree with the availability of 132 new oil and gas exploration licences covering 5000 square miles provided by the Government, which includes our areas. We oppose fracking for the following reasons; the majority of these being safety related,
· Groundwater quality – contamination with fracking chemicals and mobilisation of deep naturally occurring radioactive materials.
· Waste – contamination of hydraulic fracturing i.e. drill cuttings, waste drilling muds (oil & water), waste gases e.g. Carbon Dioxide and disposal of waste water is problematic.
· Water supplies – fracking requires considering amounts of water and could pose risk to local supplies if catchments were over-abstracted.
· Air emissions and health – possible methane and nitrogen oxides released into the atmosphere during recovery of shale gas.
· Habitats and biodiversity – loss of local habitats through; noise & vibration, air & water and truck movements all have an impact on wildlife.
· Geological integrity – possible earth quakes re Cuadrilla drilling near Blackpool were halted due to two earth tremors linked to their activities.
· Noise and disruption – will cause visual intrusion, loss of land and noise and vibration due to 24 hour workings.
· Former workings – old mines in the area could collapse. There were several open cast planning applications rejected e.g. Apperknowle and Calow.
We note that action is required before fracking planning applications are received, so that the case for rejecting such applications is clearly understood.
Also on this subject http://threescoreyearsandten.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/fracking-plans-for-north-derbyshire.html