The ArgusRefusal likely for application for fracking in Sussex village (From The Argus)

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Celtique Energie wants test drill for shale gas at Northup Copse, near Wisborough

The Argus: A new drilling site has been identified near Wisborough Green A new drilling site has been identified near Wisborough Green

A CONTROVERSIAL drilling application which received nearly 2,500 public objections has been recommended for refusal.

Energy firm Celtique Energie wants a test drill for shale gas at Northup Copse, near Wisborough Green, Billingshurst.

But its plans for the site, adjacent to a nature reserve, were dealt a blow when West Sussex Highway Authority objected over road safety and congestion fears.

Wisborough Green Parish Council, Kirdford Parish Council, Loxwood Parish Council and Sussex Wildlife Trust have all also objected.

Sharon Aldersley, of campaign group Keep Kirdford and Wisborough Green, which fears fracking could take place, said: “We’re delighted it’s taken a step in the right direction but we don’t think we’re out of the woods yet.”

Officers from West Sussex County Council listed a series of issues with Celtique’s application, such as a failure to show how approach roads could cope with additional traffic or if large vehicles could exit.

Officers said “drilling has the potential to adversely affect the environment and people in the area”, and that the applicant “failed to accurately quantify the increase in HGV movements”.

Celtique said it hoped to resolve the council’s issues.

The planning committee at West Sussex County Council will make a decision on the application in the Park Suite in Horsham at 10.30am on July 22.

Anyone who want to address the meeting can email oilandgas@westsussex.gov.uk by 12pm on Monday, July 21.

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6:28am Fri 18 Jul 14

Plantpot says...

Once the application is of the right standard it is likely permission will be given. If we want energy for the future that we control, people will have to get used to these sort of projects. I would much rather have flow profile racking going on than a wind or solar farm which really are environmental vandalism.
Once the application is of the right standard it is likely permission will be given. If we want energy for the future that we control, people will have to get used to these sort of projects. I would much rather have flow profile racking going on than a wind or solar farm which really are environmental vandalism. Plantpot
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9:39am Fri 18 Jul 14

firemanste says...

why cant this energy firm frack off back to their own country. britain is for the british
why cant this energy firm frack off back to their own country. britain is for the british firemanste
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10:19am Fri 18 Jul 14

Tallywhacker says...

firemanste wrote:
why cant this energy firm frack off back to their own country. britain is for the british
That's right. Just like all our oil, gas and coal from British owned British run British manned deposits on British land in Britain. Nothing from those strange oversea lands will we use, better to sit in eternal dark than use any of that foreign muck here. Even our windfarms and solar stations will only use good old British sunlight and our never ending supply of British wind.
[quote][p][bold]firemanste[/bold] wrote: why cant this energy firm frack off back to their own country. britain is for the british[/p][/quote]That's right. Just like all our oil, gas and coal from British owned British run British manned deposits on British land in Britain. Nothing from those strange oversea lands will we use, better to sit in eternal dark than use any of that foreign muck here. Even our windfarms and solar stations will only use good old British sunlight and our never ending supply of British wind. Tallywhacker
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10:40am Fri 18 Jul 14

The Hatter says...

According to the recently published report on the Weald by the British Geological Survey, there are no recoverable supplies of shale gas in the Weald. Wrong sort of shale apparently. There may be some small deposits oil though, about two month's UK consumption currently recoverable and in very discrete locations. I suppose having been sold a licence by the UK government they have to drill some test wells if only to confirm there is nothing there.
According to the recently published report on the Weald by the British Geological Survey, there are no recoverable supplies of shale gas in the Weald. Wrong sort of shale apparently. There may be some small deposits oil though, about two month's UK consumption currently recoverable and in very discrete locations. I suppose having been sold a licence by the UK government they have to drill some test wells if only to confirm there is nothing there. The Hatter
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10:56am Sat 19 Jul 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Feck off frackers - you are not wanted in the UK
Feck off frackers - you are not wanted in the UK getThisCoalitionOut
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11:57am Sat 19 Jul 14

Plantpot says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
Feck off frackers - you are not wanted in the UK
No - people would much rather pay well over the odds for foreign oil and gas while disadvantaged UK residents freeze to death because they can't afford to pay green subsidies introduced by "Unelectable Ed" Milibandwagon or the cost of foreign fuel.
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: Feck off frackers - you are not wanted in the UK[/p][/quote]No - people would much rather pay well over the odds for foreign oil and gas while disadvantaged UK residents freeze to death because they can't afford to pay green subsidies introduced by "Unelectable Ed" Milibandwagon or the cost of foreign fuel. Plantpot
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1:21pm Sat 19 Jul 14

willwill says...

If its just the traffic issue that's going to stop this, thats all very well but they clearly have no idea of the absolute devastation to life environment and property this abhorrent industry causes elsewhere in the world. Just google 'list of the harmed' and decide whether you want to be added to the list.
If its just the traffic issue that's going to stop this, thats all very well but they clearly have no idea of the absolute devastation to life environment and property this abhorrent industry causes elsewhere in the world. Just google 'list of the harmed' and decide whether you want to be added to the list. willwill
  • Score: 0
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