Kent Tories ‘frit’ of fracking debate.

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Members of the Green Party present the petition to 'Keep Kent Frack Free' signed by 2,870 residents to Kent County Council. Members of the Green Party present the petition to ‘Keep Kent Frack Free’ signed by 2,870 residents to Kent County Council.

The Government has issued licenses for shale gas and coal bed methane extraction in Kent. These processes may involve fracking, and can pose serious risks to human health and the environment. A petition signed by 2,870 local people expressed their concerns that onshore fossil fuel extraction will use excessive amounts of water, risk polluting our water supply, affect air quality, increase heavy goods traffic and industrialize the countryside.

Petitions with more than 2,500 signatures trigger a debate in committee. So Kent County Council Environment and Transport Committee was obliged to debate fracking today (14th January 2015).

As lead petitioner I proposed that the committee adopt a recommendation ‘to note’ the concern of nearly 3,000 residents, and to ask the government to release in full their report ‘Shale…

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