Molly Scott Cato, South West Green MEP, has blasted the Conservative government for voting through controversial proposals to allow fracking under National Parks and other protected areas such as Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage sites.
“In the South West, we have a number of areas that are protected by national and, in some cases, international law. It is also a region that relies
heavily on tourism, so this decision could prove extremely costly not just for our precious environment and landscapes but also for our rural economy.
“If the UK government is really committed to keeping its end of the Paris deal, it must rethink its support for fracking and invest in safe, clean, renewable energy instead.”
Dr Scott Cato is opposed to fracking in all areas and believes strongly that we must leave fossil fuels in the ground. She has called on people from across the region to write to their MPs and local councillors to express their considerable concerns about this matter.
You can read her full statement here.