Councillors in East Yorkshire are to debate opposing fracking in the county.
Liberal Democrat Linda Johnson has submitted a motion to next week’s full meeting of East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
The motion says:
“That this Council:
“Agrees that fracking activities in the East Riding of Yorkshire are inappropriate for an area where the Council has declared a Climate Emergency and,
“In light of the Government’s statement that it will only frack where there is support, therefore wishes to ensure the Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Minister for State (Minister for Climate) are aware of the opposition to fracking in the East Riding and letters are sent to them to reinforce this.”
The council is Conservative-controlled, with a 20-seat majority. It declared a climate emergency in 2021 after two earlier failed attempts.
East Yorkshire has 13 oil and gas licences, covering about 70% of the area of the county.
The Conservative MP Graham Stuart, who represents, Beverley and Holderness, has previously opposed fracking. In March 2022, he wrote an article on his website headed “Please speak out against fracking”.
Next week’s meeting is at County Hall in Beverley on Wednesday 5 October, beginning at 2pm. It is open to the public but the council says people must book in advance by contacting the committee clerk because space is limited . The meeting can also be viewed on the council’s YouTube channel
Committee clerk: email@example.com or phone 01482 393212