Research conducted by Frack Free Greater Manchester has discovered that Salford and Trafford Councils are investing in fracking company iGas via the Greater Manchester Pension Fund. Both Councils have granted iGas planning permission to conduct exploratory drilling at different sites .
iGas lists Henderson Global Investors (HGI), a subsidiary of Henderson Group, as one of their five major investors  and Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) holds shares worth millions of pounds in the Henderson Group (HG) . The pension fund also invests in fracking companies operating in the US and Australia .
Local resident Helen Chuntso said “I am shocked and appalled. We are here fighting tooth and nail to stop the destruction of our community by fracking companies and we find that our local council will profit if they are successful. They are elected to look after local interests yet they have financial interests that go against us.”
She added, “The layers of corruption and vested interests are starting to become clear. We have a government that employs Executives from the fracking industry, such as Lord Browne, as its Cabinet advisers. And now it emerges that our local councils – who should act as a check and balance – also have vested interests in seeing these companies profit.”
“But they have underestimated local opposition – we will not allow fracking to destroy our communities, not here or anywhere in the country.”
Robbie Gillett, from Frack Free Greater Manchester added, “We call on all local authorities who are considering planning applications for Unconventional Gas Extraction to divest their Pension Funds from all fracking companies.”
Trafford Council is due to consider an application from iGas to extend their planning permission for coal bed methane exploration at Davyhulme at a Planning Committee meeting on 9th January 2013. Frack Free Greater Manchester are concerned that neither Trafford nor Salford Council required iGas to conduct full impact assessments despite the serious risks to the environment, and lack of clarity about iGas’ operations at both sites regarding shale gas exploration.
 http://www.igasplc.com/investors/shareh … areholders
 Greater Manchester Pension Fund *http://www.gmpf.org.uk/pdf/investments_infrastructure%20commitments_31032013.pdf
 The Greater Manchester Pension Fund has the following investments:
AGL Energy (Coal Seam Gas Aus) (£4m)
Apache Corp (US fracking) (£1m)
Centrica (Cuadrilla) (£4m)
Cliffs Natural Resources (US fracking) (£0.5m)
Devon Energy (US fracking) (£0.5m)
Duke Energy (US fracking) (£0.5m)
Endbridge Energy (US fracking) (£0.5m)
EOG Resources (US fracking) (£1.5m)
Noble Energy (US fracking) (£1.5m)
Schlumberger (US and UK fracking) (£12m)
Total fracking investments: £107.5m
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR LOCAL COUNCILS ARE DOING?