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County councillor eases fears over fracking in Hampshire
5:00pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in Basingstoke
A COUNTY councillor has spoken up in a bid to ease residents’ fears over fracking in Hampshire.
Whitchurch and Clere member Councillor Tom Thacker told Whitchurch Town Council that there is no “current fracking activity in the county and there have been no fracking planning permission applications sent to Hampshire County Council.”
Cllr Thacker was responding to complaints and concerns received from Whit-church residents about the controversial technology, which uses hydraulic fracturing to blast underground rock deposits with water to release trapped pockets of gas.
Cllr Thacker added: “Before starting any work, they must gain consent from the Department for Environment and Climate Change and then seek planning permission to drill.
“If the Department does say yes, then Hampshire County Council will put it through serious planning scrutiny.”
Whitchurch councillors agreed to find out the opinions of residents about the issue. Cllr Claire Isbester said: “We need to make moves now and must begin to work out how our community feels about these issues.
“If as a town council we are going to report views to authorities, we need to know what they are.”
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