The following letter was published in the Timaru Herald:
In Julian Blanchard’s (Labour Candidate for Rangitata) letter on fracking (22nd October), he asserts that our region relies almost solely on the agriculture industry. He then goes on to claim that this industry could be under threat from the process of fracking. Blanchard suggests that we need better information before fracking should be allowed to proceed in our region.
I find this a bit rich from a Candidate who’s prepared to champion policy that we know will have a real and detrimental effect on our agricultural industry. Policies like Labour’s proposed Capital Gains Tax and restrictions on foreign ownership of land will force down the value of our farms while an increase of the minimum wage to $15 per hour will drive up labour costs. Couple this with the Greens loony plans to charge 10 cents per thousand litres of water pumped and one has to wonder if the Left are intent on destroying the very industry that sustains not just our region, but the whole country.
Blanchard may have concerns about fracking and he has every right to raise them. However, with the policy he’s backing, Blanchard has no right to suggest that he has the concerns of the agricultural industry and the prosperity of our region at heart.
The information in this article was current at 02 Dec 2011