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Fracking in Gainsborough

January 22, 2014 11:54 AM
By Barry Coward - President of Gainsborough
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats

East Midlands Liberal Democrats LogoWith the visit of David Cameron to Beckingham last week the Gainsborough Standard carried a report and comments from the two MPs for the area.

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Gainsborough Standard - Fracking

Gainsborough Standard - Fracking 2

Gainsborough Liberal Democrats plan to submit a motion to the Liberal Democrats East Midlands Spring Conference, to be held at Trent Valley Academy Gainsborough on Feb 22 (book your place by Thursday 23 Jan for only £10) - visit on fracking. Your views are welcomed

Barry Coward, President of Gainsborough Liberal Democrats says

"I personally have an open mind on the issue and certainly need more information.

"In PA, where I come from, oil companies typically pay 12% of their revenue to the land owners and make a big effort to engage the local community. Townships can and do ask for new facilities such as community halls and new roads, and the oil companies are happy to pay.

" Mr Cameron's offer of £100,000 per community and 1% of the revenue seems mean in comparison.

" It is also not clear who would receive these benefits. If as I suspect most wells are drilled in Beckingham (Bassetlaw and Nottinghamshire) but the drilling goes under the Trent into Gainsborough (West Lindsey and Lincolnshire) where does the money go?

"John Mann Labour MP for Bassetlaw thinks the money should go to Bassetlaw ( to be spent in Worksop I assume so as to ensure his re-election).

" Edward Leigh says ultimitely it is the local people who should have the final say. Which local people? Basstlaw where the drilling happens or West Lindsey where the well footings could end up?"