From: Coun Paul Andrews, Malton Ward, Ryedale District Council.
I WOULD like to thank our new MP, Kevin Hollinrake, for securing a Parliamentary debate on shale gas extraction (The Yorkshire Post, June 29).
At that meeting he called for independent monitoring and publicly available analysis, a defined minimum radius between production sites, a clear solution on water recycling and disposal to reduce traffic, additional blight compensation for any person or community directly impacted, a willingness to stop if lives and livelihoods are affected to unacceptable levels, and a clear answer to the question of who cleans up and who pays if the worst happens.
Those of us who watched the debate were astonished to see the Minister reply by reading from a text prepared before the meeting.
She did not seem to respond to any of the many sensible points and concerns made by our MP.
Kevin has on many occasions indicated that he will not support fracking in our constituency unless he receives assurances in regard to the above matters.
As no such assurances have been given, would he now confirm publicly that he will oppose fracking in his constituency of Thirsk and Malton?