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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Frack in the desolate sarf

If you think wind turbines are an awful invasion, a scar on the landscape and an unnecessary evil, wait for the next great energy source to be plonked up here.

Lord Howell, a Government energy adviser and father-in-law to George Osborne, has described parts of the north east of England as “desolate” and suggested controversial fracking should be concentrated away from the south.

For the “desolate” north east, read beautiful Bamburgh, the Cheviot Hills and the area round Hexham.

Sadly, most people I talk to in ‘the south’ seem to think Cumbria is part of the north east.

So in a few years to come, can we expect drilling and possible earth tremors around Eskdale, the northern fells, in and around Bewcastle, Gilsland, Shap and Bampton (I could go on...)

Lord Howell said: “There are large uninhabited and desolate areas, certainly up in the north east where there’s plenty of room for fracking well away from anyone’s residence where it can be conducted without any kind of threat to the rural environment.”

His comments come at a time when a protest camp of dozens of people are trying to prevent energy firm Cuadrilla from drilling in the West Sussex village of Balcombe.

Cuadrilla has said it only plans exploratory oil drilling near Balcombe, but campaigners fear the company will go on to frack in the area, leading to potential water contamination and environmental damage.

The comments from former energy secretary Lord Howell were instantly dismissed, but they offer a telling – and worrying – insight into the thinking of government advisers and those close to the Government.

The current dispute involving Cuadrilla is in the true blue Conservative heartland.

Setting up industrial drills round there would lose tens of thousands of votes.

Something similar ‘ooop north’ wouldn’t have anywhere near such a devastating effect on votes.

As far as I’m concerned, Lord Howell and his ideas can keep his fracking ‘dahn sarf’ where places like Slough, Watford, Ilford and Luton are not at all desolate – are they?

Have your say

we should frack all over the country and pull all the stupid turbines down,all the save the earth nutters should get a job.

Posted by leonard parker on 9 October 2013 at 15:47

Not that DC has stated that fracking should be a 'countrywide' impact, not just the desolate north west , as stated by one of his ministers. But what chance of this happening? They locals in the sarf are already revolting against the high speed train link, they have ensured they have very few, if any, wind turbines.

So let the tory grandees proves 'we are all in this together' by starting the fracking in the deep sarf.

Posted by Orange peel on 12 August 2013 at 09:38

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