On September 19th the Borough Council passed a motion declaring Corby to be a Tar-Free Zone, thus becoming the second Tar-Free area in the UK – and Europe – after Oxford became the first in June. The motion was put forward by Cllr Bob Riley and was overwhelmingly supported and passed.
The Full Motion:
This council notes that: Canada’s tar sands are the biggest energy project in the world. Already millions of barrels of tar sands oil have been extracted from the Canadian wilderness, decimating the landscape and producing 3.2 to 4.5 times more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional oil extraction (as calculated for example by the US Government’s National Energy Technology Laboratory). Nearby First Nations communities are also being devastated by the loss of their traditional lands and access to food and medicine.
In 2008, Alberta Health confirmed a 30 per cent rise of cancer rates between 1995 – 2006 in Fort Chipewyan, a nearby community.
Although tar sands oil hasn’t yet arrived in the UK in significant quantities, its large scale import is highly likely as Canada attempts to find new markets for export. Opening up Europe and the UK to tar sands would be a green light for more reckless expansion of this huge industry.
It is therefore RECOMMENDED THAT:
- Corby Borough Council rejects tar sands as an acceptable source of liquid fuel, and declare Corby a Tar Free District’: and
- Include measure in its future liquid fuels procurement policies which will ensure that tar sands will not be part of the fuel mix it purchases for its vehicles and plant fleet.