‘Fracking is not on the cards in Hertfordshire’ says MP

PUBLISHED: 09:32 18 October 2013 | UPDATED: 09:33 18 October 2013

MP Oliver Heald addressing the audience at Letchworth Arts Centre. Photo courtesy of John Webb, Transition Town Letchworth

MP Oliver Heald addressing the audience at Letchworth Arts Centre. Photo courtesy of John Webb, Transition Town Letchworth

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Fracking is unlikely to take place in Hertfordshire, a senior MP has claimed.

Solicitor general, Oliver Heald, has been investigating if the controversial gas extraction process is viable in the county. The North East Herts MP, who represents Tewin, released a statement last week that said he had been “assured by the Minerals Policy Team at Hertfordshire County Council” the diggers and drills would not appear in the county.

He said: “I had always understood that the geology of Hertfordshire was wrong for fracking and it is good to have that confirmed by the British Geological Survey.”

Fracking has sparked passionate protests across the country by environmentalists who fear it has an adverse effect.

The process sees firms drill into the earth before a high-pressure water mixture is blasted at shale rock to release the gas inside.

Water, sand and chemicals are injected into the rock at high pressure which allows the gas to flow out to the head of the well.

Opponents of the method believe the huge amounts of water that is transported to the fracking site is an environmental issue.

And they fear the potentially carcinogenic chemicals used may escape and contaminate groundwater.


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