Haringey Borough Council to oppose plans to drill for fossil fuels in borough

Councillor Joe Goldberg, Haringey Borough Council’s cabinet member for carbon reduction, agrees to oppose plans to drill fro fossil fuels in Haringey

Councillor Joe Goldberg, Haringey Borough Council’s cabinet member for carbon reduction, agrees to oppose plans to drill fro fossil fuels in Haringey

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Haringey Borough Council’s cabinet member for carbon reduction says the authority will oppose any plans to drill for fossil fuels in the borough.

Councillor Joe Goldberg made the decision in support of a deputation by Quentin Given at a meeting of full council on Monday evening.

Mr Given, a member of the environmental group Friends of the Earth, called on the council to support his campaign against drilling for shale gas, sometimes known as fracking.

He said: “If we’re going to prevent catastrophic climate change we have to get used to the idea of leaving fossil fuels where they are – in the ground.

“Fracking might seem unlikely in Haringey – but you only need a small site to drill from.

“Mayor Boris has called for London to leave no stone unturned to frack everywhere. Let’s make it impossible.

“If enough councils say no to fracking, investors will take their money away from fracking and invest in something more benign”.

According to the Government, potential fracking areas include most of the borough south of a line between Coldfall Wood and Markfield Park and so encompassing most of Muswell Hill, all of Hornsey and Harringay, and south Tottenham.

In response to the deputation, Cllr Goldberg said the council would oppose fracking and ask its planning officers to adopt appropriate measures in its planning policy.

He said: “Fracking will do nothing to reduce our carbon consumption.

“It’s being promoted by a government that abandoned a carbon reduction target in the last Energy Bill.

“We will commit to saying no to fracking, we will work up the policies needed, and we will use any means necessary to prevent fracking in Haringey."

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1:45pm Fri 28 Mar 14

MartinBall says...

Well said Quentin. Yes, we should be protecting Haringey's environment from fracking. But am I the only person surprised that Cllr Goldberg and Haringey Council are on-side on this issue?

He is the 'chancellor' of the Council that is aggressively renting out Finsbury Park to commercial concert organisers. As well as being part of the Council leadership that is happy to propose building on green space across the borough and plonking skyscrapers next to parks.

I am also struck by how hostile he is to fracking exploitation of Haringey while opening the area to plunder by international property developers.

Cllr Goldberg's support on fracking is welcome. But his position would be more creditable if the Council stopped policies that damage our green environment now and threaten it in the future.
Well said Quentin. Yes, we should be protecting Haringey's environment from fracking. But am I the only person surprised that Cllr Goldberg and Haringey Council are on-side on this issue? He is the 'chancellor' of the Council that is aggressively renting out Finsbury Park to commercial concert organisers. As well as being part of the Council leadership that is happy to propose building on green space across the borough and plonking skyscrapers next to parks. I am also struck by how hostile he is to fracking exploitation of Haringey while opening the area to plunder by international property developers. Cllr Goldberg's support on fracking is welcome. But his position would be more creditable if the Council stopped policies that damage our green environment now and threaten it in the future. MartinBall
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