Conservative face electoral destruction in 120 seats from Cameron’s fracking madness. This is UKIP’s greatest opportunity. Where are they?

Fracking is a toxic issue for Conservative party grassroots

From protest camps to packed-out town hall meetings, shale gas and fracking is a major issue in safe Tory seats
Anti-fracking campaigners near Westby, Lancashire.

Anti-fracking campaigners near Westby, Lancashire. Photograph: Christopher Thomond
When parish councillor Chris Hesketh volunteered to form a local group to challenge plans to drill for gas in north Shropshire, he had little idea how people would respond. The rural constituency, held by former environment secretary Owen Paterson, is the safest Tory seat in the country and only rarely in 175 years has there been much opposition to the sitting MP.
In the event, more than 300 people packed the village hall, a local businessman pledged to run as an anti-fracking candidate in the next election

(TAP – I think that might have been me during interview with Advertizer local paper )
and a protest camp was set up 
(TAP –The community protection campers found us through The Tap). 

A record 481 objections have been made against the plans.
“The response was electric. It snowballed from minimum interest to over 50% of people in the area wanting to be involved”, said Hesketh.
Frack Free Dudleston is typical of the 160 anti-fracking groups that have mushroomed in the last year. Fear over the effect on house prices, anger about potential pollution and disruption to communities, and disquiet that frackers will be allowed to drill below properties without asking permission has made fracking a toxic issue among the Tory grassroots.
Research by the Guardian and Greenpeace suggests that more than 120 Tory MPs face protest groups in their constituencies. Of the 40 key marginal seats identified in the party’s election strategy, 31 fall in areas where exploratory drilling is about to start or has been permitted. Only seven cabinet members will not be affected. Of the 160 protest groups, 70% are in Tory areas, and just 15% in Labour held areas. The remainder of the groups cover several seats.
“The number of anti-fracking community groups has exploded in the last year. There were roughly 40 groups this time last year, now there are over 160 with about 10 new groups forming each month”, said Sarah Mackie, a Frack Off campaigner.
“People are really angry. They can see the devastation caused by the industry in the US where 100,000 of these wells have been drilled in the last decade and now find that their community is facing the same threat”

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One Response to “Conservative face electoral destruction in 120 seats from Cameron’s fracking madness. This is UKIP’s greatest opportunity. Where are they?”

  1. sovereigntea says:

    Oh Dear China dumps fracking Another Neocon scam exposed.

    Two years ago the government of the Peoples’ Republic of China staked a major hope for their energy future on the exploitation of domestic natural gas from its large shale rock formations, so-called shale gas. Today, after hundreds of millions of dollars investment and significant drilling, the dream has evaporated like the ephemeral shale gas they counted on.
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