2 March 2011
At last weekends national Green Party conference in Cardiff, Blackpool Green Party Chair Philip Mitchell proposed the motion below, which was passed overwhelmingly. Blackpool Greens' campaign on this issue is continuing to gain support and media coverage.
"The oil and gas industry is seeking to exploit UK onshore gas reserves trapped in shale rock and coal beds requiring environmentally damaging and risky techniques, including hydraulic fracturing (fracking).
This conference condemns the Coalition Government for refusing to impose a ban, demanded by environmental groups, on shale gas, and on the related coal bed methane extraction industry, at least until the results of studies here and in the US could have been considered.
This conference expresses concern at the historic first UK use of this technology at a site of an important groundwater aquifer and notes that over 80 further applications have been applied for around the UK.
Conference instructs GPEx to publicise the issues to enable the Green Party at every level to take a firm line to protect communities, drinking water and the environment."