Thanks to Vix Lowthion from the Isle of Wight Green Party for sharing this news with OnTheWight readers. Ed
The much-delayed vote on the Statutory Instrument which would allow fracking under national parks, AONBs, SSSIs, drinking water aquifers, etc is to be in the House of Commons today (Wednesday).
This will certainly affect the Isle of Wight – please see this map of National Parks, AONB and SSSI areas. Most of the Island comes under these.
Get in touch with Andrew Turner
Please email or tweet Andrew Turner ([email protected]) now asking him to vote against this legislation, which would mean fracking companies could set up their wells just outside the parks and frack underneath them, with all the problems re traffic, noise pollution, air pollution, bright lights at night, etc. that this will bring.
This will have a huge impact on these areas, as well as threatening the water environment and increase global warming.
For the government to approve this just days after the Paris Climate Summit is just shocking, and shows that they are going to give the go-ahead to the fossil fuel industry whatever they have agreed in Paris.
From this, and the report from the ‘independent’ ‘impartial’ (industry-funded) Task Force on Shale in the news today it is fairly safe to assume that we will hear the results of the 14th round licences, Isle of Wight included, very soon.
Find out more via the Greenpeace Website.