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Mayor of London recommends refusal of fracking

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Sadiq Khan has said there is no place for ‘harmful’ fracking in the draft London Plan.

In a new policy in his draft London Plan – which will be published tomorrow – Sadiq makes clear that any application for the exploration, appraisal or production of shale gas via hydraulic fracturing in London should be refused by boroughs.

In the report from the Mayor’s office, it will argue that the construction process can generate toxic Silica dust, which can cause chronic lung damage, as well pollutants, such as volatile organic compounds and hydrogen sulphide which can worsen neurological problems ranging from dizziness to seizures.

The UK Health and Safety Executive estimates that hundreds of people across the country develop lung cancer associated with silica dust exposure, and the volume of water required for fracking could also lead to public water restrictions, the draft London plan will say.

According to the Mayor’s office, there have been reports this year of energy companies identifying potential fracking sites in London.

The Mayor, who made his opposition to fracking clear in his mayoral election manifesto, will continue to work on the draft London Plan’s policies on boosting energy efficiency and renewable energy and preventing climate change, tackling London’s lethal air pollution, and protecting water resources.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “There is absolutely no place for fracking in London and I remain firm in my belief that any such application must be refused.

“The harmful, negative impact of the use of fossil fuels on the environment and on the air we breathe is well known. We must instead focus our resources on developing technologies for the efficient extraction of clean, renewable forms of energy, rather than coming up with more ever innovative ways to keeping burning fossil fuels.

“It is my duty to protect the health and wellbeing of Londoners, and it is well documented that the fracking process itself can cause chronic damage to public health, worsen toxic air quality and contaminate water supplies. Clearly, there can be no place for fracking in London.”

The draft London Plan will be published on Wednesday 29 November here and the public consultation will run until 1 March 2018.

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