Stroud Town Council has adopted a policy against fracking for gas in Gloucestershire.
Councillors are also strongly objecting to Gloucestershire’s Draft Minerals Plan which includes a policy supporting fracking.
The county council is replacing its minerals local plan, which has been the blueprint for mineral working in the county.
The draft includes a policy which would support “unconventional” production of gas and oil, which could include fracking.
Stroud Town Councillor Alan Sage proposed that the Town Council takes a strong stand against fracking.
The policy states: “Stroud Town Council strongly opposes the use of fracking anywhere and especially within Gloucestershire.
“Fracking is an immature technology, which has been shown to have significant environmental consequences and cause potentially unknown harm. It has the potential to lead to contamination of both ground and surface water supplies.
“It involves visible scarring of the landscape and significant passage of heavy machinery across the countryside (water used in the process is often brought in by tanker).”
Councillor Sage said: “Fracking would be a terrible blight on Gloucestershire’s beautiful countryside. Additionally, climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our generation and it’s vital that we do whatever we can to discourage continuing reliance on fossil fuels.
“I hope that this motion will help to persuade Gloucestershire County Council to change their minds and presume against any applications to frack in the region. I also hope that it will increase awareness of the consultation and inspire other people to register any comments of their own.”
Fracking (hydraulic fracturing) is a method of extracting gas and oil from the ground by forcing water and harmful chemicals into rock formations deep underground, resulting in fracturing of the rock. This process releases gas and oil, which are then recovered from the resulting water mixture.