Mayor of London Sadiq Khan will warn councils in London against plans for fracking in the city in his draft London Plan, due to be published today.
The practice, also known as hydraulic fracturing, involves blasting rocks with water to produce shale gas. It has been heavily criticised by the Labour Party, the Green Party and the Liberal Democrats as posing a serious danger to the environment, while the Conservatives included a commitment to fracking in their 2017 election manifesto.
Khan is reportedly to say that the practice represents a threat to Londoners’ water supplies, and that any proposals to reach his desk will be thrown out. The Mayor said in a statement that fracking “has no place in London” and that he favours “developing technologies for the efficient extraction of clean, renewable forms of energy”.
The controversial move comes within a series of gestures towards a policy program focused on the environment. As well as plans to pedestrianise Oxford Street, Khan has unveiled a £1m fund to tackle the crisis in emissions and air quality. Much of the money from this fund will go towards funding five Business Low Emissions Neighbourhoods in the Boroughs of Southwark, Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington, Camden and Westminster.
Among the proposed plans are clean walking routes from Euston to Regent’s Park, and from London Bridge Station to Guy’s Hospital. An additional £100,000 will go towards building a Low Emissions Neighbourhood around Homerton Hospital in Hackney.
The consultation period will begin on the 1st December 2017. Further information can be found here.