Teachers’ union urges frack ban

Fracking rigs like this one are a common site in America.
Fracking rigs like this one are a common site in America.
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Members of one of the county’s teachers’ unions have voted to support Fylde members and call for a ban on fracking.

The union said the vote, which was unanimous, reflected growing scientific evidence indicating environmental and health impacts surrounding the extraction of gas from deep-lying shale rocks by fracking.

It said the recent Medact Report from some UK academics and scientists confirmed concerns that have not yet been addressed within the UK’s assessment of hydraulic fracturing.

It added that New York State’s 2014 Public Health Review concluded that until scientific studies could show that the hydraulic fracturing process poses no risk to human health, then it should not proceed.

A Lancashire NUT spokesman said: “The population density in proposed fracking areas such as Fylde in the UK is much higher than in the US.

“On the basis of the New York State conclusion and setting aside any other arguments of climate change etc, it is clear that the unknown level of health risks in our schools to pupils and those working in schools, the community, animals and environment is such that fracking should not proceed here either.”