MP: Countryside must be protected by energy firm
MP FOR Thirsk and Malton Kevin Hollinrake insisted there would have to be ‘caveats and conditions about protecting the countryside’.
The Conservative MP said while a renewable future was desired, it was ‘not here today and in the meantime we need gas’.
“I have always made myself available and given people an opportunity to talk to me about shale gas,” he said.
“Most people have taken that opportunity in a considerate manner, despite the fact that they vehemently disagree with my position. I have had protesters outside my surgery with placards but I have no problem with that,” he said.
“We need gas, we either use our own or import it, that is the reality. We import half of what we use today and that will grow. We all want a renewable future but that is not here today and in the meantime we need gas.
“There have to be caveats and conditions about protecting the countryside, it has got to feel like the countryside we know and love after fracking has taken place.”
Former MP for the area Baroness Anne McIntosh previously said the controversial plans could have a devastating impact on the local economy.
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