Frack-Free councils – updated list

In October 2014, we posted a list of local authorities that have debated motions on fracking and onshore oil and gas drilling. Lots of readers found it useful and some asked for it to be updated. Here’s the latest version. Please let us know if there are councils missing that should be here.

Authorities marked with a * are new entrants to the list. Each entry shows the authority name, action, date and (where relevant) the party in power at the time. We’ve also added motions submitted to the Welsh Assembly and Scottish Parliament (see bottom of the list)

Campaigners who called, unsuccessfully, for a frack-free zone in West Sussex in October 2014

Campaigners who called, unsuccessfully, for a frack-free zone in West Sussex in October 2014

Bath and North East Somerset Statement of concern by council leader, 15/1/2014, Conservative/Lib Dem

Brighton and Hove City Frack free zone, 24/1/2013, Green

*Canterbury City rejected a motion opposing the principle of fracking and unconventional gas and oil exploration in Canterbury District. 27 votes against, 7 in favour, 5 abstentions, 27/11/14

*Calderdale Voted for a motion noting possible significant adverse impacts of shale gas, supporting Frack-Free declaration for the area and calling for a UK Government moratorium, 3/12/14, Conservative

Cheshire East Statement of opposition by council leader, 15/1/2014, Conservative

Cheshire West and Chester Statement of opposition by council leader, 15/1/2014, Conservative

City of Bristol Statement of opposition by Mayor 13/1/2014, Frack-free zone petition referred to Mayor, 18/3/2014, Labour

City of York Frack free zone, 9/10/2014, Labour

Deal Town Opposition to fracking, 26/11/2013,

Dover District Opposition to fracking, 7/11/2013, Conservative

East Sussex County Acknowledged concerns and required councillor briefing before fracking applications heard, 27/3/2012, Refused request for a frack free zone, 13/10/2014, Conservative

*Glastonbury Town Voted in favour of a motion resolving not to support fracking in the Mendips or throughout Great Britain, 12/2/13

*Gloucestershire County Council  Councillors rejected a Green Party motion to allow drilling only if it could be proved that they would not lead to higher levels of greenhouse gases, 20/11/13, Conservative

Hampshire County Statement by council leader that the environment must come first, 13/1/2014, Conservative

*Hull City Unanimous support for motion noting problems of fracking and calling for a council policy on shale gas and coal bed methane extraction, 20/11/14, Labour

*Inverclyde Motion supporting devolution of energy powers to Scottish Government and expressing concerns about drilling beneath homes without the owners’ consent deferred to meeting in 2015, 4/12/14, Labour

Kirklees Borough Noted concerns, agreed to develop policy on fracking, call for increased funding for renewables, 15/1/2014, Labour

Liverpool City Mayoral commitment to discuss concerns in council committee, 17/9/2014, Labour

*London Assembly Motion opposing any fracking activities within the boundaries of Greater London, agreed by 15 votes to 8, 5/11/14, Labour

London Borough of Brent Statement of opposition by council leader, 1/11/2013, Labour

London Borough of Waltham Forest Statement of opposition by deputy leader, 15/1/2014, Labour

Manchester City Frack free zone, 11/7/2012, Labour

Mendip District Registered concerns, lobby government, establish working party, 30/9/2013, Conservative

Newcastle City Opposition to fracking, 3/9/2014, Labour

*North Lanarkshire Called on the Scottish Government to implement an immediate moratorium on fracking, Labour

*Pendle Borough Approved unopposed a Lib Dem motion calling for the Scrutiny Management Team to report on the practicability, likelihood and desirability of shale gas exploration, 18/12/14, NOC

Preston City Frack free city, 13/12/2012, Labour

Sheffield City Opposition to fracking and government policy, 5/9/2013, Labour

*Trafford Cross party support for motion to oppose fracking “until such time as it can be proven safe”, 12/11/14, Conservative

*Westhoughton Town, Motion opposing fracking and changes to the trespass laws allowing drilling under homes without the owners’ consent, 11/8/14

Wirral Opposition to fracking, 18/7/2011, Labour

*Welsh Assembly Officers confirmed they have taken legal advice on declaring a moratorium in Wales, December 2014, Labour

*Scottish Parliament Scottish Green Party motion calling for a ban on fracking not successful 29/10/14

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