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Tuesday 11 October 2016

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Warrington TUSC calls on Labour council to 'say no to fracking now'

Warrington Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) made local headlines with their call for the town's council to come out clearly now against any plans for fracking in the area, following the government's recent decision to allow drilling to go ahead in Lancashire.

The Tory minister responsible for that decision, Sajid Javid, visited Warrington last year.

Under the heading, 'Council urged to ban fracking as concerns mount', the Warrington Guardian wrote that "former Fairfield and Howley TUSC councillor Kevin Bennett called on the authority to ban it in Warrington and fight for public ownership of energy, as well as 'mass investment' in green technology.

"Mr Bennett, who is now the town's TUSC spokesman, said fracking is 'destructive wherever it happens'.

"He added: 'Anti-fracking campaigners must call for a ban on it everywhere - not just, as some prominent activists are demanding, in places of scenic beauty'."

Labour council equivocates

Responding to the green light given to fracking in Lancashire, Kevin was quoted as saying that "the Tory government has once again come down on the side of big business and ignored the will of the people".

No fracking is currently taking place in Warrington but planning permission exists at three locations for 'activities related to the extraction of unconventional gas'.

And while the Labour-controlled council has set up a 'task group' on the issue it has refused to take an in-principle decision to oppose fracking.

In contrast, one of TUSC's core policies in this year's local elections was to "oppose fracking [and] support action against climate change and for a future where sustainability comes before profit".

For the full report see http://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/news/14792272.Council_urged_to_ban_fracking_as_concerns_mount/