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Don't Frack with Sussex

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Tell Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd to 'Stop Backing Fracking' and to commit to renewables before the Paris climate summit.

'Don't Frack with Sussex' is a group of ordinary people from across the political divide in Hastings who are alarmed by the illogical energy and climate change policies of our MP Amber Rudd. Recently she has announced excessive cuts in renewable energy subsidies and given her full support to UK-wide fracking.

Wherever fracking has taken place there have been problems for communities and wildlife, from contaminated water to polluted air, from earthquakes to eyesore wells ruining the countryside. We don't what that here in Sussex – or anywhere else for that matter.

Despite promising a ban on fracking in national parks Amber Rudd has performed a shocking U-turn announcing that “In the case of AONBs and national parks, given their size and dispersion, it might not be practical to guarantee that fracking will not take place under them in all cases without unduly constraining the industry”. 

A recent study by Friends of the Earth Europe and Food & Water Europe claims the EU's non-binding guidelines on shale gas exploration are "weak", rely too heavily on self-monitoring by the oil industry and fail to protect the environment and health of citizens.

There are so many better, cleaner options for Sussex. We've got wind, we've got tidal and, in the sunniest area of the UK, we think we should take the money we're giving the fracking industry in tax breaks and use it to put solar panels on hospitals and schools. Isn't that better than filthy fracking in our beautiful countryside?”

Don't let Oil and Gas companies and MPs with special interests collude to ruin our areas of outstanding beauty – tell Amber Rudd to stop fracking with our countryside and start being green before she represents us at crunch UN climate talks in Paris on November 30th. 

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