google-site-verification: googleb77b0e78d57c2188.html James Heappey U Turn - New Tory MP for Wells votes to weaken fracking protections in Somerset


Tessa slams Heappey for voting to abolish protections against Fracking 

Tessa has slammed Mr Heappey, the new Tory MP's decision to vote for the abolition of protections against fracking in sensitive countryside, along the coastline and in important wildlife sites.

Several protective measures for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Sites of Specific Scientific Interest and National Parks insisted on by the Lib Dems last year were overturned just before Christmas in a vote in Parliament.  The new Conservative MP for Wells voted to reverse the protections, which would have served Somerset well.

Tessa said “I’m appalled, as are many local people, that in spite of his well-publicised promises – which were repeated during 25 public meetings in the run-up to last May’s elections – the new MP has broken those, done a u-turn and voted to abolish protections against fracking across Somerset.”

I can’t believe this has happened.  Before he was elected, Mr Heappey trumpeted his so-called ‘opposition’ to fracking far and wide.  It’s not just disappointing, but downright hypocrisy - duping voters by saying one thing when he wants their support and then voting for what he describes as the "huge economic benefits" of fracking at the first opportunity.” 

PS. My 'Stop Fracking Petition is still live, join thousands who have signed already by signing here!


When he arrived in Somerset in 2013, his Conservative colleagues should have briefed him about the sensitivity of our environment - the Somerset Moors and Levels and our precious Mendip landscapes, and our dependence on tourism, farming and water – but he has chosen to ignore the perils of this new type of fracking and voted to support it.  What hope of protection can locals have when the Conservatives control not just the Government, but also the Councils who decide what happens locally?

During her time as the local MP, Tessa presented a huge “Stop Fracking Petition” with several thousand local signatures to the Prime Minister in a bid to persuade him to protect the countryside.  Last year, she resigned her junior Government job in order to vote against fracking, a decision she has never regretted.

Tessa added:

"This is so important.  Somerset will suffer as the Conservatives’ launch their full-scale attack on the environmental agenda, cutting support for renewables and going all out for energy from fossil fuels which should remain in the ground.  This is not the future we need, but a return to darker times!”  

Tessa Munt 

7th January 2015


The Government has sold rights to explore for shale gas across Somerset, including in the area of Burnham on Sea, Highbridge, Berrow, Brean, Brent Knoll, East Brent, Mark, Watchfield, Lympsham, Batch, Rooksbridge, Tarnock, Biddisham, Badgworth, the Allertons, Compton Bishop, Loxton, across the Somerset Levels and Moors

Result of the vote can be found HERE.

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