- Councillor Brendan ToomeyLeader, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
Please declare Merthyr Tydfil as a frack free Local Authority
By declaring Merthyr Tydfil free from fracking we will be leading the way to a cleaner and more sustainable future. We can set a precedent for other local authorities by showing that we are making responsible and positive changes in our community.
Fracking is not the answer to the UK’s energy challenges. It has been linked to water contamination, air pollution, earth tremors, health problems, decreasing house prices, climate change as well as hundreds of more lorry movements around fracking sites – and crucially, isn’t likely to bring down energy prices, nor create sustainable jobs.
The days of private companies destroying our communities to make a fast buck should belong to the past. Fracking is deeply unpopular and keeps us locked in to more fossil fuel use at exactly the time we need to be pursuing clean energy sources such as the sun, wind and waves which provide long term sustainable quality jobs for our communities as well as improving our environment for everyone both now and in the future.
A future based on renewable energy technology and cutting waste could provide many jobs: renewable energy could support 400,000 jobs across the UK by 2020 and an energy efficiency programme could create 71,000 new jobs by 2015 as well as lifting thousands of families out of fuel poverty.
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- Leader, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
Councillor Brendan Toomey
Please declare Merthyr Tydfil as a frack free Local Authority. We urge you to say no to fracking in Merthyr Tydfil due to the potential problems associated with the process including water contamination, air pollution, health problems, increased lorry traffic, decreased house prices and increased climate change emissions. Please declare Merthyr Tydfil as a frack free Local Authority
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