Fracking – a controversial technique designed to recover gas and oil from shale rock – has been much in the news lately. There has rightly been growing concern amongst residents that fracking could come close to – or even effect – urban areas, including Streatham. So we are pleased that Lambeth Council has now confirmed to us that “there are no circumstances where we’d allow fracking in Streatham or anywhere else in the borough”.
As things stand, the government has granted a licence to one company for exploratory drilling (which could be for shale gas, oil or other minerals) south of London. It’s an area that covers 3.2% of the constituency of Streatham – roughly that would include Glennister Park Road, a big chunk of Streatham Vale and most of Streatham Vale Park.
- Just because they have a licence doesn’t mean it will happen.
- The licence holders need to fulfil requirements from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the Environment Agency and the Health and Safety Executive.
- Then the local authority has the final say.
- Fracking licences have a timescale – initial exploration must be completed within 5 years.
- The local authority – Lambeth council – has the final say and it has just said there are no circumstances where it would allow fracking in Streatham or anywhere else in the borough.