Conservative MP Nick Herbert takes stand against fracking
Former policing minister Nick Herbert MP has today (Monday 21 July) called on councillors in West Sussex to dismiss Celtique Energie’s application to test drill near Wisborough Green. The Council’s planning committee will be deciding on the application tomorrow (Tuesday 22 July) and Mr Herbert warned that “Rural West Sussex cannot become a carelessly industrialised landscape.” He also warned about exaggerated claims that fracking will lower energy prices saying that this had been “oversold”.
Responding to Mr Herbert’s statement, Friends of the Earth’s South East campaigner Brenda Pollack said:
“By taking a stand against fracking in his constituency, MP Nick Herbert joins another Conservative colleague, and neighbouring MP, Andrew Tyrie.
“Mr Herbert recognises that fracking has no place in tranquil Sussex and is correct to question the misinformation from some in Government, who claim that shale oil and gas will lower our energy bills - even the frackers themselves admit that this is not the case.
“The Government must end its support for this industry that can cause damage locally and contributes to climate change – instead, they should focus on clean, safe renewables and cutting the huge amount of energy wasted in the UK.”
Notes to editors
1. Nick Herbert MP’s comments were published in this Daily Telegraph article.