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Greater Manchester to ban fracking

City mayor Andy Burnham said cities like Greater Manchester need to join others on the world stage driving towards carbon neutrality

GREATER MANCHESTER will ban fracking as part of its plans to become carbon neutral by 2038.

Mayor of the city Andy Burnham announced yesterday that the Greater Manchester authority would be putting planning measures in place to create “a presumption” against fracking for shale gas.

The ban will come into effect on Monday.

Mr Burnham said: “It’s about embracing the future, not the past. Cities like Greater Manchester need to join the group of leading cities on the world stage that are driving fast towards carbon neutrality.

“That is a big challenge and it must be embraced wholeheartedly and it means a full commitment to renewable energy and not half measures and not clinging on to processes that hark back to the past.”

He said the decision for the ban was made after the council leaders took Lancashire into consideration, where fracking began at Preston New Road in October against the will of the local authority following a government intervention.

Energy firm Cuadrilla was forced to halt drilling at the site three times before Christmas after it caused earthquakes that breached legal limits.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn congratulated Mr Burnham and all those who campaigned against fracking on Twitter.

Mr Corbyn has also vowed that the next Labour government would ban fracking immediately.

The ban follows the London Plan draft by the Mayor Sadiq Khan that will introduce an effective ban on fracking across the capital.

Mr Khan said that any fracking proposals that reach his desk will be thrown out following his declaration of a climate emergency last month.

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