MP: Coun­try­side must be pro­tected by en­ergy firm

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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.

FAC­ING THREATS: Lor­raine Al­lan­son, of Aller­ston, North York­shire, says ‘dis­creet’ frack­ing would be ben­e­fi­cial to the lo­cal econ­omy.

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