The Isle of Wight Green Party welcomed Baroness Jenny Jones on a visit to the Isle of Wight last week, during which the impact of proposed oil drilling in 2020 was discussed.
Baroness Jones visited the site of the proposed drilling in the Arreton Valley and saw for herself the current agricultural land used for growing food and vegetables. Residents gathered to listen to a speaker from Frack Free Isle of Wight, who outlined the plans to drill for oil and how this will result in the ‘disposal of millions of gallons of contaminated water’, right in the centre of the Island.
Baroness Jones said:
“Scientists are very clear – we must leave 70% of fossil fuel resources in the ground. To pursue new resources will directly lead to increased global temperatures and be incredibly damaging to the future of our planet in years to come.”
Vix Lowthion, IW Green Party Parliamentary Candidate, added:
“Whilst the main political parties are competing with each other to ban fracking, on the island the very real threat comes from drilling for oil. Only Green Party MPs will pursue legislation to ban the exploitation of all new fossil fuel sites. Instead, our next MP should be emphasising all of the Isle of Wight’s abundance of natural resources, as cited by the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve status awarded earlier this year.
“We have a wealth of nature which is the envy of the world. Rather than drill for oil, we must promote an exploration of the wildlife right on our doorstep.”