Greater Manch­ester seeks to im­pose ban on frack­ing

The Guardian Weekly - - Gobal Report -

Greater Manch­ester set out plans to ban frack­ing, which sets it against gov­ern­ment pol­icy. The de­ci­sion to ef­fec­tively stop com­pa­nies from ex­tract­ing un­der­ground shale gas in the re­gion was greeted as a crit­i­cal mo­ment in the fight against frack­ing, which crit­ics say is dan­ger­ous and un­proven.

The 10 local au­thor­i­ties that make up Greater Manch­ester will put plan­ning mea­sures in place to cre­ate a “pre­sump­tion” against frack­ing for shale gas, said the area’s mayor, Andy Burn­ham, as part of its ef­fort to be­come car­bon neu­tral by 2038.

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