7th September 2013
Maidstone Greens have hit out at Helen Grant for backing fracking:in a letter to Stuart Jeffery, she stated that the 'benefits far outweigh the negatives' and that it could be a 'very positive development'. Local Greens have branded her response as irresponsible.
Stuart Jeffery: "If the worst impacts of climate change has any have any chance of being avoided, we have to stop drilling for gas and oil and rapidly invest in alternatives. Helen Grant's backing of climate chaos is therefore irresponsible to say the least.
"Furthermore, the impact on the local environment is huge. The groundwater contamination experienced in the US cannot be underestimated. Kent gets almost all of its drinking water from aquifers, yet Mrs Grant is backing a scheme that will pump carcinogens into the same ground water.
"There are three more applications for exploration in Kent this week - a truly worrying state of affairs and I doubt that will be long before an application is made close to Maidstone.
"The Green Party is the only party opposed to this dreadful destructive concept and we will continue to fight fracking wherever it happens."