15th July 2014
Councillors from East Sussex were urged this morning to block any attempts at fracking in the county.
A petition, organised by Friends of the Earth, was presented to the chair of the county council. It asked East Sussex County Council to “apply the precautionary principle and refuse to allow any attempt at hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) for hydrocarbons anywhere in East Sussex”. The petition said the risks of harm to the environment and public health “significantly outweigh” any potential economic benefits from extraction.
The petition attracted 495 signatures. It will be reviewed by a senior councillor and the petition organiser, Andy Durling, coordinator of Eastbourne and District Friends of the Earth, may then be asked to address the council.