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Dorset Greens Slam Cameron's Fracking Policy

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8:11am 14th January 2014

A Dorset Politician's urging people to speak up against new plans that will see Local Councils who drill for shale gas rewarded with millions of pounds.

Yesterday (14th of January), David Cameron announced local authorities will now get to keep 100% of business rates from the sites, double what they got before.

Jane Burnett, Press Officer for West and South Dorset Green Party, spoke to Wessex FM about how she disagrees with the controversial drilling process- called fracking- all together, "Fossil fuels should be, quite simply, left in the ground because of their contribution to climate change. When we look at the extreme weather we've had over the last month it seems crackers that anybody is considering continuing down the fossil fuel route."

She continued to say the money was not a good incentive and that in the end fracking will cost Council's more then they will gain, "Local people- we have to decide- do we want this? It cannot just be a matter of money, it's got to be that money is a very short term solution, and as climate change gets to grips council's will have to spend more and more repairing the damage. So, in the long run, it's very damaging."

Jane suggested that instead that the Government should be offering cash rewards for Councils who have renewable energy sites, "As a country, we should be leading on technology and research and developent into clean renewable energy sources, this is completely the wrong way to be going- taking more fossil fuels out of the ground- there are no benefits."

Jane Burnett encourages people to speak up against the plans if they aren't happy.

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