Call for Corby ban on tar sands

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Corby councillors are to be asked to declare the town a tar sands free district.

At a meeting of the full council on Thursday (September 19) a motion, proposed by Cllr Bob Riley and seconded by Cllr Mary Butcher, to reject tar sands as an acceptable source of liquid fuel will be debated.

They are also calling for measures to be taken to ensure tar sands will not be part of the fuel mix bought in the future for the council’s vehicle and plant fleet.

In the summer Oxford became the first place in Europe to become a tar free zone after the city council voted in favour of a similar motion.

Campaigner Ruthi Brandt said: “Bob’s initiative in Corby is very exciting for us tar-sands activists, as it will be the first town to follow Oxford, though other places have tried, and are still trying, to do something similar.”

The motion to be discussed by Corby councillors highlights Canada’s tar sands as the biggest energy project in the world, with millions of barrels already extracted from the Canadian wilderness, decimating the landscape and producing more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional oil extraction.

The motion states that although tar sands oil hasn’t yet arrived in the UK in significant quantities, its large-scale import is expected as Canada tries to find new markets.