The Government should be backing renewable power and energy efficiency, Friends of the Earth said, reacting to reports on the forthcoming British Geological Survey, which is expected to reveal huge oil reserves across Southern England.
Regional Campaigner Brenda Pollack said:
These latest estimates will set alarm bells ringing across the South East of England where fracking firms seem intent on punching holes in some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside in the search for profits.
No wonder the Government waited until after the elections to make this announcement as Lord Howell recently warned that fracking will cost the Tories thousands of votes in their heartlands.
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