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UCU Congress 2015: Sunday 24 May 2015, 09:45-09:50

Motions have been allocated to a section of the NEC's report to Congress (UCU635). Paragraph headings refer to paragraphs within this report. CBC has added some new paragraph headings to facilitate the ordering of motions.

Section 4 of the NEC's report Congress

Motions:

21 - Against fracking

(EP) advisory marking
denoting UCU existing policy

Introduction, paragraph 1.1

21  Against fracking - South Thames College

The Infrastructure Act 2015 makes it legal to 'maximise the economic recovery of on/offshore oil and gas.' This is despite our obligations under the Climate Change Act and the range of environmental uncertainties associated with fracking. These uncertainties are compounded by concerns over whether the UK regulatory agencies now have the capacity following extensive cuts in budgets to enforce the necessary risk control measures.

Congress applauds the decisions of the Scotland and Wales governments for a moratorium. We support the call of the Environment Audit Committee, in line with the precautionary principle, for a moratorium throughout the UK on the fracking of unconventional gas. This will avoid both the inconsistency with our commitments on greenhouse gas emissions, and to allow the uncertainty surrounding environmental risks to be fully resolved.

Congress calls on the UCU to support local community and national campaigns against fracking.

CARRIED

Last updated: 24 May 2015