Pendle Labour says 'no' to fracking

Members of The Labour Party in Pendle have voted overwhelmingly to oppose any proposals for fracking in the area.

Tuesday, 2nd August 2016, 7:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 7:29 pm
Members of Pendle Labour Party show their opposition to fracking in Colne (s)

The vote took place at the Constituency Labour Party’s Annual General meeting where it was noted that recent opinion polls show that only 19% of the population supports fracking, while 81% support increased use of renewable energy.

Barrowford member, Sue Nike, said that fracking is “unwanted, unnecessary and unsafe, involving risks to workers, local residents and the wider population.”

The motion comes hot on the heels of North Yorkshire County Council’s approval for test drilling to take place at Kirby Misperton in Ryedale, in spite of receiving 4,375 letters of objection from local residents.

Yvonne Tennant, Vice Chair of Pendle CLP said: “Our membership have made it very clear that fracking is unwelcome both locally and nationally.

"A licence to frack in Pendle was granted late last year and covers Pendleside, Brierfield, Nelson, Barrowford, and the south side of Colne as far east as Carry Bridge. Should these plans go ahead we will be opposing them on every level.”