A STREET BALLOT conducted in Hedon on Saturday by the local Labour Party resulted in 88% of people polled voting NO to any fracking in the East Riding.
A press release issued by Holderness Labour Party said that most voters in the secret ballot held on the day were aware of the issues and deeply concerned about work already going on at West Newton and Walkington.
“The Government has already licensed much of the East Riding for fracking exploration. However, new reports from The Geological Society and World Resources Institute raise questions of water safety, particularly in areas dependent on aquifers for fresh water. Hull and the East Riding draws all its fresh water from the aquifer under our feet and the shale gas deposits the frackers would target lie beneath that aquifer.
“Beverley and Holderness Labour Party are calling on the next Labour Government to impose a moratorium on fracking development. The German government has already done this and France has banned fracking altogether.” – Press Release.
“We don’t believe geological and compliance issues have been fully addressed. Big power companies can’t be trusted to run this industry safely without proper regulation on where and how fracking is possible,” said Steve Gallant – Labour candidate for SW Holderness Ward in the East Riding of Yorkshire Council elections.
“We also wanted to test the strength of local opinion on this, which is why we used one of our regular street stalls to run a secret ballot on fracking. The result was 88% against fracking in East Yorkshire, with only 12% in favour. Many people felt the safety of our water source was a particular issue for this area.”
Margaret Pinder (Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Beverley and Holderness) who was at the street stall said, “The result of the Hedon ballot matches the outcome of a similar poll Labour held in Beverley recently.
“We all know we need new sources of energy, but these should be as environmentally safe and sustainable as possible. I believe a Labour government should look carefully at the issues around fracking and take a similarly cautious approach to France and Germany. It’s clear this is an issue the people in the East Riding take very seriously and the result of our ballot shows they back our call for greater caution.”
The street ballot took place on Saturday morning (6th September 2014) from 10am – 12pm, and over that two-hour period 123 people voted with 15 votes FOR fracking and 108 votes AGAINST.