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Fears over fracking
Monday 7th March 2016 @ 13:22 by Becky Cahill
A message saying the High Peak does not want fracking in any form came last Thursday at a borough council meeting.
It followed a motion by Hadfield North’s Cllr Ed Kelly and seconded by Cllr Jean Todd from Buxton Central.
The motion asked the council to formally register its concerns over the ‘unconventional gas exploration and extraction’ in the High Peak with the Department for Energy and Climate Change.
They also want to tell DECC that the council would not ‘currently’ be in a position to support this sort of development.
The motion also asked the council to approach the Environment Agency to lend its support to the development of alternative forms of energy supply more suited to the High Peak and the Peak District National Park.
The motion added: “This council recognises that these would generate local employment and business opportunities, and have significantly less negative impact on the integrity of the area.
“As well as the consideration of large scale alternative energy supplies, consideration should be given to the production of small scale hydro power as detailed by Friends of the Peak District. “
Cllr Kelly said: “The motion was passed by 20 votes to 19.
“The fact that councillors from a range of political parties supported my motion to not support fracking in the High Peak clearly shows the high level of concern the majority of people have over fracking.
“The government needs to put an end to it now.”
By David Jones