Fracked! Osbourne's village green mined
Chancellor's constituency office targeted in protest
Greenpeace campaigners this morning blocked off the village green in Chancellor George Osborne’s Tatton constituency, erecting fake drilling rigs and other fracking equipment in protest at plans to push a head with this dangerous form of resource extraction.
Climbers have also occupied the first floor balcony of his constituency office building, across the road from the village green, and renamed it as the headquarters of “Frack & Go”.
The 'fracking' of Osborne’s village green comes as a ComRes poll is released, showing the majority of his constituents oppose shale gas extraction, with widespread concern over noise and disruption, earth tremors and the impact on local house prices should fracking go ahead in the area. (The ComRes poll also shows most people in George Osborne’s constituency prefer renewable energy over gas.)
The ComRes polling found that 12% of those people who voted Conservative in the last election would be less likely to vote Tory again if fracking went ahead in Tatton. “It seems Osborne is so wedded to his dash for gas that he’s willing to ignore the views of his own constituents,” aid Greenpeace Energy Campaigner Lawrence Carter, speaking from Frack&Go’s onsite office.
Licenses for exploratory drilling have already been granted in Tatton.
“The Chancellor needs to explain to his constituents why he’s happy for their local area to be fracked when everyone from Ofgem to BP to the Energy Secretary says shale gas won’t reduce our energy bills. And he must explain why increasing UK reliance on expensive, polluting gas is a good idea when we should be moving towards a carbon free electricity system.” added Lawrance Carter
The Campaign to Protect Rural England has warned of a huge backlash if large areas of countryside are ‘transformed into industrial sites’ with a steady stream of lorries transporting gas and polluted water away from drilling sites.
Greenpeace, along with hundreds of investors, business leaders, UK companies and civil society groups, is calling for carbon free electricity by 2030. So far George Osborne has blocked the 2030 goal becoming law, but his own colleague, Conservative MP Tim Yeo, has tabled an amendment that would see a goal for carbon-free electricity in the Energy Bill, which is gaining support from all political parties.
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