Gloucestershire councillors are to call on the government to ban fracking in their county. A meeting of the full council last week agreed to write to the government “requesting that the process of exploring hydraulic fracturing in Gloucestershire be halted”. Twenty councillors voted in favour, none voted against and 26, including all the Conservatives, abstained. The vote follows a recommendation by the council’s environment scrutiny committee and a motion, proposed by Cllr Barry Kirby (Labour). The motion noted that hydraulic fracturing added to climate change. It also noted the instability of geology in the Forest of Dean and what it said was a “significant risk” to the local environment from fracking. The government’s 14th oil and gas licence round awarded five blocks in Gloucestershire last year (2015). They are mostly in the Forest of Dean and were all issued to South Western Energy Ltd. The blocks are: SO50a, SO51a, SO60a, SO60b and SO61. The Oil and Gas Authority said the target hydrocarbon for all the licences was coal bed methane.