Sunday, 4 August 2013

Don't Frack our Weald

4th August 2013
The "Don't Frack our Weald" call from Maidstone Greens comes after energy minister, Michael Fallon MP, let slip that fracking is likely to come to Kent for a second time. In the Mail on Sunday the Energy Minster stated[1]: "The second area being studied is the Weald. It's from Dorset all the way along through Hampshire, Sussex, East Sussex, West Sussex, all the way perhaps a bit into Surrey and even into my county of Kent".

Maidstone Greens have vowed to be at the front line opposing fracking when plans are submitted in the Borough given the environmental risks of ground water contamination, earthquakes and increasing climate change. Last week Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the South East warned that protest would spread as fracking sites are proposed[4].

Stuart Jeffery, Maidstone Green Party: "Of course there is already exploration of the shale in Sandwich, near Deal but it is clear from the Energy Minister's comment that we can expect many more applications in Kent.

"Fracking contaminates the ground water by pumping millions of gallons of carcinogen laden water[2] in at high pressure, it causes earthquakes[2] and it releases fossil fuels that increase climate change. It must be stopped and we will be at the front line to stop it in Maidstone.

"The increased interest in shale gas is down to this government's new tax breaks and it is clear that once again, the Tories and Lib Dems have failed the country."

On Friday (2nd Aug), Keith Taylor Green MEP for the South East warned[4]: "These protests won’t just be contained to Sussex. This huge opposition to extreme energy will, without doubt, spread across the UK and challenge any attempts to bring fracking to the British countryside."

Notes:
1. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2384191/Doomsday-alert-fracking-minister-warns-rectory-walls-quaking-Middle-England-drilling-continues.html
2. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/17/fracking-report-carcinogens-water-wells_n_850159.html
3. http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/jul/11/fracking-water-injection-major-earthquakes
4. http://www.keithtaylormep.org.uk/2013/08/02/cuadrilla-begins-drilling-in-balcombe/
 

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