No fracking way
August 15, 2013 6 Comments
I have had a number of concerned residents contact me about fracking – specifically whether there are any plans for companies to start fracking in the Southend-on-Sea area.
To my knowledge, and I have contacted the Town Clerk, there are no plans at present. I believe that should any company wish to undertake this then this would be notified to the council.
I have promised to use this blog to advertise any such plans should they emerge, although I am doubtful whether any such will do so.
I have also been asked about my position on fracking. I can state that I am concerned about the environment, do wish to avoid pollution, and whilst aware that we have to find new energy sources would prefer that these were genuinely renewable. Multinational companies in pursuit of a fast buck come way down the list of priorities as far as I am concerned, a long way behind the wishes of local residents.
I am reluctant to say ‘never’, but as it stands at the moment I am yet to be convinced that fracking would be in the best interests of the borough and its residents.
In the meantime the following articles may shed some light: