Fracking list is a ‘who’s who...’


Environmentalist pressure group Greenpeace have released a comprehensive list of parliamentary candidates who oppose fracking.

Scottish people are the least likely among UK voters to support candidates who are in favour of fracking in their constituencies, a major survey found.

Only one out of five West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine (WAK) candidates have signed up to the pledge - Richard Openshaw, Green.

Fracking is the process of drilling down into the earth before a high-pressure water mixture is directed at the rock to release the gas inside.

Water, sand and chemicals are injected into the rock at high pressure which allows the gas to flow out to the head of the well.

Nearly half (43%) of Scottish voters say they would be less likely - and over one in four (28%) much less likely - to vote for election candidates who back fracking in their constituencies.

This is according to a Com Res opinion poll for Greenpeace UK.

This compares with 31% and 19% respectively for the UK as a whole.

The findings are released as hundreds of election candidates from across the UK have rushed to sign a pledge to oppose fracking.

The Frack Free Promise, an online platform launched by Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth two weeks ago, has already seen over 800 candidates promise to oppose fracking in their constituencies or help block it across the UK if their areas have not been licensed.