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Bolton council has called for any fracking plans to be rejected after the ban on the controversial process was lifted FindSexyJobs

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The decision to overturn the fracking ban is due to be discussed by the council with the local authority, which will be asked to stick to its policy of rejecting any plans to drill on land it controls.

Bolton Liberal Democrats have reacted angrily to the government’s announcement that fracking can now go ahead in England.

The decision overturned a ban on the controversial process introduced in 2019 after fears of a ground shake.

Bolton’s Liberal Democrat group said the Conservatives had broken an election promise and will now allow fracking to restart in England without any scientific evidence that it is safe.

Their leader, Cllr Roger Hayes, said there was great public concern that fracking could cause earthquakes, groundwater contamination, air pollution and impact on human health.

He said a 2014 DEFRA report predicted that house prices were likely to fall by seven per cent within a mile of fracking wells and that home insurance would also increase within five miles of wells.

Cllr Hayes pointed out that the whole of Bolton is covered by search areas allocated to fracking companies.

He said: “In 2015, local Lib Dems presented a 2,500-name petition and convinced the council to refuse any applications to drill on land it controls.

“At the next council meeting, we will present a proposal to strengthen this position and also call on the government to reverse its decision.

“We need incentives to use renewable energy sources and to start a program to ensure that houses are properly insulated.”

The proposal will be discussed at the council on October 12.

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