Tough stance taken on fracking in Calderdale

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A tough stance on fracking has been taken by Calderdale Council to prevent any work being carried out in the borough.

A motion was passed at Calderdale full council to “take all possible steps” to protect Calderdale’s environment and people from problems arising from the controversial mining method.

Coun James Baker (Lib Dem, Warley) said: “A number of residents across Calderdale are concerned about fracking taking place across the borough and the effect on the landscape.”

Coun David Draycott (Lab, Sowerby Bridge) said that some fossil fuels must remain in the ground or “we face a climate Armageddon”.

Leader of the Council Coun Stephen Baines said that the only area where fracking could take place would be in the east of Calderdale.

“It is highly unlikely as it would not be economically viable for anybody to move equipment to try and frack on the old coal mines,” he said.

He also said there would not be enough water supplied from the hills to make the process work.

Fracking is the process of drilling down into the earth before a high-pressure water mixture is directed at the rock to release the gas inside. Water, sand and chemicals are injected into the rock at high pressure which allows the gas to flow out.