Tobias Jones paints a bleak picture of life in the countryside (“The British countryside has never had it so bad”, In Focus). Sadly, here in George Osborne’s northern poorhouse, it’s likely to get a lot worse. The government has sold the land beneath our feet to fracking companies such as IGas without either our knowledge or our consent and these companies are now secretly snapping up fields in this area. These purchases allow fracking companies to exploit not only their own land, but everyone else’s within a 2km radius. Fracking is being forced down our throats and those of every other living creature in the forms of air, water and food contamination.
As a farmer of rare-breed beef cattle who has dedicated years to conserving and enhancing the wildlife on my farm, I am in danger of being forced out of business by a foolhardy government coupled with an avaricious company determined to industrialise, pollute and destroy the countryside. The British countryside may never have had it so bad, but it seems that the worst is yet to come.
Fracking 2,000 metres away will kill the cattle?