Tessa recently sent this message to people who have contacted her before about environmental matters.
“As you have contacted me before about environmental matters, I hope you do not mind if I write to update you further on some proposals which relate to Hydraulic Fracturing, known as ‘fracking’, in our part of Somerset, and to ask again for your help.
You may be aware that last month, the Government announced plans to encourage investment in and increase the competitiveness of the UK’s energy infrastructure.
The wording used in the Queen’s Speech was as follows:
“My government will introduce a bill to bolster investment in infrastructure and reform planning law to improve economic competitiveness. The bill will enhance the United Kingdom’s energy independence and security by opening up access to shale and geothermal sites and maximising North Sea resources.”
This would have come as no surprise, as David Cameron is on record stating his intention to “go all out for shale”.Read more
Tessa was out with the RSPB and Somerset Wildlife Trust on the Ham Wall nature reserve this morning, in her capacity as the first ‘Species Champion’ for the wonderful Bittern. The rare heron like waterbird is making a strong comeback in our area.
The initiative has been launched this month by RSPB, Butterfly Conservation, Bumblebee Conservation, Buglife, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation,The Wildlife Trusts and National Trust.
Tessa has been able to gain first-hand about their species from wildlife NGOs who have strong environmental expertise throughout the region. She is working alongside them to provide a brighter future for these species, spread that knowledge throughout the West Country’s political community and shape policy to improve our environment.
Tony Richardson, regional director for RSPB in the South West said:Read more
Tessa celebrates launch of Renewable Heat Incentive ‘great news for bill payers and our environment’
Local MP Tessa Munt is celebrating today’s launch of a new and innovative scheme which will pay residents in Somerset for the ‘green’ heat they generate at home.
The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is the world’s first long-term financial support programme for renewable heat, offering homeowners payments to offset the cost of installing low carbon systems in their property.
“I’m thrilled that this innovative scheme has now been launched. Many people in rural Somerset are either stuck with expensive oil or LPG
or are trying to find the money to switch to greener ways of heating their homes and water.”Read more