City of York council passes anti-fracking motion!

York has become the latest local council to declare itself frack free.

In the full local council meeting this evening, councillors voted on an anti-fracking motion put forward by Labour Councillor Anna Semlyen. It was passed with a vote of 23 for, 11 against with 5 abstentions.

The full motion text is below:

Fracking

This council believes that climate change is real and that it is a serious problem that is causing deaths and migration

That fracking (hydraulic fracturing for shale gas) adds to climate change,

Recognises the over 2100 name petition submitted by Frack Free York requesting a York Councillor decision on fracking

Asks that Councillors vote that York should, where possible, publicly state its position as wanting to resist planning applications for drilling for shale gas as this is likely to deter applications from drilling companies.

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