Thursday, 8 August 2013
Laura Sandys MP “Fracking Clueless”
Green Party Councillor Ian Driver, has accused Thanet South MP, Laura Sandys of being “fracking clueless”, about plans to explore for shale gas in her constituency.
Said Driver “I contacted my MP Laura Sandys, on Tuesday 6th August to ask her opinion about fracking. Because she is promoting a “Grand Green Isle” vision for Thanet, which I support, I wanted to find out what she thought about plans for exploring for shale gas in her constituency which might lead on to fracking”.
“Laura replied to me on Wednesday 7th July saying there is no fracking in south thanet and no licence or application. Two year ago there was an exploration bore hole which found no shale reserves in the area so no local issue at all”.
“ I was extremely surprised by her reply which was both dismissive and factually incorrect”.
“Coastal Oil and Gas Limited hold 4 current licences granted by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to explore for shale gas in Laura Sandy’s constituency (1) . Her claim about the bore hole is also wrong. Coastal Oil and Gas were granted planning permission by KCC in December 2011 to drill test bore holes to explore for gas at Woodnesborough. I have checked with KCC and the company has not yet commenced any drilling work (2)”.
“I am at a loss to understand how an MP who claims to have green credentials and who supports a “Grand Green Thanet Isle”, can be so fracking clueless about what is happening in her own backyard, especially something as important as fracking which more and more people are become concerned and worried about.”
“The Green Party is the only major UK poltical party to oppose fracking (3). We will be actively opposing and campaigning against fracking in Laura Sandys Thanet South constituency and anywhere else that this dangerous and damaging method of gas extraction takes place”.
“We challenge Laura Sandys to publically state where she stands on this issue. Her constituents, who are very likely to be effected by fracking, have a right to know”