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George Ferguson and fracking? I think not...

Bristol local politics can often get incredibly tiresome and vicious, no more so perhaps than the last few days in the run-up to the Mayoral election. There's been an assertion that Ferguson was somehow trying to cover up an attempt by Bristol Port Company (BPC), which runs Avonmouth, to apply for a Petroleum Exploitation Development Licence (PEDL) for potential fracking. Actually, BPC did apply for a PEDL but then agreed with Bristol City Council to withdraw it. This is quite clearly shown in available documents. However, there is also a question of whether or not the Mayor mentioned this fact to the BCC cabinet. And so its all blown up now into the usual round of sniping.

The important fact is really, now, that BPC can't legally get involved in fracking at Avonmouth. This isn't unduly surprising because Ferguson has been dead set against fracking right from the start of his term of office, and has said so quite clearly and openly. Whether third parties can or not is another issue, not helped by UK government moves to stop local authorities from resisting fracking in their own areas.

At the end of the day, any attempt to frack anywhere near Bristol will be ferociously resisted, given that the area has one of the hottest communities of young activists, as well as plenty of clean energy company's, in the country.

All the rest is politics as they say....

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