West Sussex County Council's planning committee reject plan from Celtique Energie to drill at Wisborough Green for oil and shale gas

Drilling bid unanimously rejected by planning committee

Drilling bid unanimously rejected by planning committee

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A bid to drill for oil and shale gas at a rural county site has been unanimously rejected by councillors.

Energy firm Celtique Energie was seeking to build an exploratory well at Northup Copse, near Wisborough Green, Billingshurst.

But the application was refused by the planning committee at West Sussex County Council this afternoon.

The committee heard fears over road safety and the damage to the "quintessentially English" villages of Kirdford and Wisborough Green. 

Speaking after the decision, Councillor Heidi Brunsdon, Chairman of West Sussex County Council’s Planning Committee, said: “There were simply too many highways issues and other issues of concern for any decision other than refusal in this instance. 

“We have noted the objections of the local community and I felt that the debate today was a full and robust one.” 

Nearly 100 people attended this morning’s meeting at County Hall North in Horsham to hear the debate and decision. 

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2:37pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Tallywhacker says...

That's fair enough. BUT......if there ever comes a time that fracked gas is the only solution available they should be prepared to be cut off from the grid and sit in the cold and dark.
That's fair enough. BUT......if there ever comes a time that fracked gas is the only solution available they should be prepared to be cut off from the grid and sit in the cold and dark. Tallywhacker
  • Score: 8

2:48pm Tue 22 Jul 14

her professional says...

Tallywhacker wrote:
That's fair enough. BUT......if there ever comes a time that fracked gas is the only solution available they should be prepared to be cut off from the grid and sit in the cold and dark.
Sitting in the cold and dark is exactly where we'll all be if we don't all get behind development of alternative non-fossil fuels.
[quote][p][bold]Tallywhacker[/bold] wrote: That's fair enough. BUT......if there ever comes a time that fracked gas is the only solution available they should be prepared to be cut off from the grid and sit in the cold and dark.[/p][/quote]Sitting in the cold and dark is exactly where we'll all be if we don't all get behind development of alternative non-fossil fuels. her professional
  • Score: -11

4:10pm Tue 22 Jul 14

spa301 says...

Perhaps they'd prefer wind turbines?
Perhaps they'd prefer wind turbines? spa301
  • Score: 15

4:12pm Tue 22 Jul 14

spa301 says...

her professional wrote:
Tallywhacker wrote:
That's fair enough. BUT......if there ever comes a time that fracked gas is the only solution available they should be prepared to be cut off from the grid and sit in the cold and dark.
Sitting in the cold and dark is exactly where we'll all be if we don't all get behind development of alternative non-fossil fuels.
Noble sentiment but what is it exactly that you're proposing we get behind and how?
[quote][p][bold]her professional[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tallywhacker[/bold] wrote: That's fair enough. BUT......if there ever comes a time that fracked gas is the only solution available they should be prepared to be cut off from the grid and sit in the cold and dark.[/p][/quote]Sitting in the cold and dark is exactly where we'll all be if we don't all get behind development of alternative non-fossil fuels.[/p][/quote]Noble sentiment but what is it exactly that you're proposing we get behind and how? spa301
  • Score: 8

4:14pm Tue 22 Jul 14

The Hatter says...

Guess what. There isn't any gas in the shale under the weald! This is all madness.

Check out the British Geological Survey at:

http://www.bgs.ac.uk
/research/energy/sha
leGas/wealdShaleOil.
html

This was published in May, after the fracas at Balcombe.
Guess what. There isn't any gas in the shale under the weald! This is all madness. Check out the British Geological Survey at: http://www.bgs.ac.uk /research/energy/sha leGas/wealdShaleOil. html This was published in May, after the fracas at Balcombe. The Hatter
  • Score: 0

4:23pm Tue 22 Jul 14

whatone says...

Common Sense prevails!
Common Sense prevails! whatone
  • Score: -4

5:04pm Tue 22 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

An exploratory well is just for exploration purposes, right?

Even if a gas filed/whatever were discovered, it wouldn't necessarily mean a mine/whatever being built at that site.
An exploratory well is just for exploration purposes, right? Even if a gas filed/whatever were discovered, it wouldn't necessarily mean a mine/whatever being built at that site. stevo!!
  • Score: -15

5:05pm Tue 22 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

An exploratory well is just for exploration purposes, right?

Even if a gas field/whatever were discovered, it wouldn't necessarily mean a mine/whatever being built at that site.
An exploratory well is just for exploration purposes, right? Even if a gas field/whatever were discovered, it wouldn't necessarily mean a mine/whatever being built at that site. stevo!!
  • Score: -13

5:07pm Tue 22 Jul 14

jackthekipper says...

fracking has caused lots of problems in the u.s and whole states have banned it,it does ruin groun water and pollute streams and rivers, i hope it never happens here
fracking has caused lots of problems in the u.s and whole states have banned it,it does ruin groun water and pollute streams and rivers, i hope it never happens here jackthekipper
  • Score: -1

5:37pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Dontfrackmyfuture says...

HOORAY! A very wise decision. There are simply TOO many risks and the body of evidence highlighting the dangers of fracking is growing by the day....
HOORAY! A very wise decision. There are simply TOO many risks and the body of evidence highlighting the dangers of fracking is growing by the day.... Dontfrackmyfuture
  • Score: -5

9:37pm Tue 22 Jul 14

HJarrs says...

Time to invest in biogas production. It could even be community owned so that we get the full benefit.
Time to invest in biogas production. It could even be community owned so that we get the full benefit. HJarrs
  • Score: -1

10:08pm Tue 22 Jul 14

JeevesMcMontague says...

Dontfrackmyfuture wrote:
HOORAY! A very wise decision. There are simply TOO many risks and the body of evidence highlighting the dangers of fracking is growing by the day....
bull sh it
[quote][p][bold]Dontfrackmyfuture[/bold] wrote: HOORAY! A very wise decision. There are simply TOO many risks and the body of evidence highlighting the dangers of fracking is growing by the day....[/p][/quote]bull sh it JeevesMcMontague
  • Score: -2

9:34am Wed 23 Jul 14

Plantpot says...

A victory for NIMBY ism. Let's hope they put some huge wind turbines very close to the village where they can be seen and heard. They can't possibly object to those of course.
A victory for NIMBY ism. Let's hope they put some huge wind turbines very close to the village where they can be seen and heard. They can't possibly object to those of course. Plantpot
  • Score: 5

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