The Fire Brigades Union voted today to oppose fracking in the UK and to offer support to anti-fracking campaigns.
The decision, at the union’s annual conference in Blackpool, came after two local opponents of fracking talked to delegates and distributed leaflets.
The motion, from the Shropshire FBU branch, noted the earth tremors in Lancashire linked to fracking by Cuadrilla at Preston New Road.
It also said that in granting permission for fracking at the site, the government appeared to have overturned the refusal of the scheme by local councillors.
Climate change and its effects on future generations was “now of the highest importance”, the motion added.
“Conference believes that FBU policy should be to support renewable energy sources in preference to burning more carbon fuels.
“Therefore Conference instructs the FBU to oppose fracking in the UK and instructs the Executive Council to support campaigns against fracking”.
Nick Danby, one of the campaigners who spoke to delegates, said he was delighted by the vote. He said:
“We will continue to campaign against the shale gas industry here in Lancashire and elsewhere as we regard it as fundamentally unsafe and completely incompatible with climate change targets.”
The other campaigner, Miranda Cox, said:
“We spoke to many delegates and I am pleased to report they are fully supportive of our campaigns.”