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Urgent action needed to oppose Barnsley Council’s mineral policy in their Local Plan consultation, which closes on Friday 19th August. Barnsley Council are trying to sneak fracking into the borough through the back door.

Their Local Plan Public Consultation reveals that proposals for hydraulic fracturing and underground coal gasification in Barnsley will be supported by the council. The plan will be in force until 2033 and you only have until Friday 19th August to comment.

The Minerals Policy (section 22 of the plan) reveals:

Provision will be made for non-aggregate mineral resources including primary and secondary resources as follows:

proposals for the exploration and production of oil and gas (including petroleum, natural gas, coal mine methane, coal bed methane or underground gasification of coal), will generally be supported

 proposals for the exploration and production of shale gas via hydraulic fracturing will generally be supported.

This plan creates a clear and direct danger to the health of Barnsley residents. There is increasing peer reviewed evidence that fracking can pollute our air, water, food and damage our health and we consider it remiss of Barnsley Council to sneak support for fracking applications into the Local Plan.

Planning permission applications are meant to be judged on a case by case basis. Placing tacit support into the Local Plan amounts to pre-determination and will make it very hard for Barnsley residents who find themselves close to the proposed site of a fracking well, to fight applications for planning permission. We also consider that a predisposition towards the approval of applications to frack is contrary to meeting our climate change targets as set out in COP21 (the 2015 Paris agreement).

We call on Barnsley Council to remove the statement of support from the two paragraphs (above) and protect their residents from the dangers of fracking.

We would like to encourage as many as people as possible to read and comment on the Local Plan consultation website, which can be found here and the on-line consultation here.

You will need to register to be able to comment.

What you can do

Please register on the consultation website and comment on the Minerals Policy (section 22). We have prepared some suggested answers to the questions that the consultation asks (coming soon).

Please write to your councillors (borough and/ or parish councillors) and MP objecting to the predisposition to support applications to develop unconventional gas. Letter template coming soon.

Attend one of the remaining consultation events:

Thursday 21st July (5pm-7pm), Goldthorpe Library, Barnsley Road
Friday 22nd July (10am-12 noon), Wombwell Library, Station Road
Saturday 23rd July (10.30am-12.30pm & 1pm-3pm), Better Barnsley Unit, Cheapside, Barnsley Town Centre

Attend our EMERGENCY MEETING at the White Bear, Church St, Barnsley (opp Town Hall). Tuesday 26th July, 7pm.

We only have until Friday 19th August to comment –

please take action now!

Source: http://nofrackingbarnsley.org/news/don-t-let-barnsley-council-sneak-in-fracking