Kent campaigners to deliver letter against fracking to 10 Downing Street
PUBLISHED: 14:15 09 December 2014 | UPDATED: 14:15 09 December 2014
They hope it will force the government to rethink plans for fracking in the county
Anti-fracking campaigners from Kent will join national activists to hand deliver a letter to 10 Downing Street tomorrow (December 10).
The letter - which is being delivered on the UN’s Human Rights Day - to Prime Minister David Cameron has been signed by 205 UK residents groups in support of a report calling for a moratorium on fracking on human rights grounds.
One of the campaigners who will make the journey is Julie Wassmer who is part of East Kent Against Fracking.
She said: “There is a democratic deficit on the issue of fracking in this country. We did not vote for fracking and it is clear to us that the government seeks to ignore the widespread opposition to fracking in the UK due its overriding commitment to shale.
“This opposition is clearly evidenced by the fact that there are currently over 200 residents’ groups actively campaigning against fracking in the UK with Frack Free Sussex alone having over 10,000 followers. 205 of these groups have now signed a letter demanding that our Government acts upon the findings of a recent report, A Human Rights Assessment of Hydraulic Fracturing and Other Unconventional Gas Development in the UK, which calls for a moratorium on human rights grounds.”
The report, which was commissioned by the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, identifies human rights legislation which the government has a responsibility to respect and protect relating to life and security of person. The report’s authors claim that fracking could violate some of these rights and may breach the rights of future generations as well.
Green MEP for South East England, Keith Taylor, has also supported the letter.
He said: “I welcome this report and commend Bianca Jagger for her work in highlighting the problems associated with fracking.
“The more and more residents find out about the impacts of fracking, the less they want it in their area. Fracking will not solve our energy problems and when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are telling us to move away from fossil fuels, investment in fracking is a huge mistake.”