THE Isle of Wight Green Party welcomed Baroness Jenny Jones to the Island to consider the impact of proposed oil drilling on the countryside.

The sole Green Party member of the House of Lords, Baroness Jones visited the Arreton valley and saw how it was currently used for growing food.

A speaker from Frack Free Isle of Wight outlined the plans to drill for oil, claiming it would result in millions of gallons of contaminated water being disposed of, right in the centre of the Island.

“Scientists are very clear — we must leave 70 per cent of fossil fuel resources in the ground,” said Baroness Jones.

“To pursue new resources will directly lead to increased global temperatures and be incredibly damaging to the future of our planet in years to come.”

Vix Lowthion, Isle of Wight Green Party parliamentary candidate, said: "While the main political parties are competing with each other to ban fracking, on the Island the very real threat comes from drilling for oil.

"Only Green Party MPs will pursue legislation to ban the exploitation of all new fossil fuel sites.

"Our next MP should be emphasising all the Isle of Wight’s abundance of natural resources, as cited by the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve status awarded earlier this year.

"We have a wealth of nature which is the envy of the world.

"Rather than drill for oil, we must promote an exploration of the wildlife right on our doorstep.”