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The decision to rescind the fracking ban will be debated by the council, prompted to endorse a policy of refusing drilling plans on municipally controlled land.

Bolton Liberal Democrats reacted angrily to the government’s announcement that fracking could proceed in the UK.

The decision lifted a ban on a controversial process that was implemented in 2019 in response to earthquake concerns.

The Bolton-led Liberal Democrat group said it would allow the Conservatives to break their election promises and resume fracking in Britain without scientific evidence that it was safe.

Their leader, Lieutenant Colonel Roger Hayes, said there was great public concern that fracking could cause earthquakes, groundwater pollution, air pollution, and affect human health.

He predicts that a 2014 DEFRA report found that home prices are likely to fall 7% within one mile of a fracking well, and that home insurance within five miles of a well will also increase.

Cllr Hayes pointed out that all of Bolton is covered by survey areas assigned to fracking companies.

he said:

“We will submit a motion to the next board meeting to strengthen its position and urge the government to reverse its decision.

“We need incentives to start programs that use renewable power sources and make sure homes are properly insulated.”

The motion is scheduled to be considered by Congress on October 12.

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