Fracking exploration inevitable

Fracking exploration inevitable

Fracking exploration inevitable

First published in Letters

I DO not seek to be offensive
to the various contributors
in respect of ‘Fracking activity
in Hampshire West’, but
with regret must report that
they are all too late in sending
up warning balloons.

 

The licences for this exploration
activity field have in
fact already been allocated
after a secret tendering
process. HM Government is
therefore the promoter and
financial backer for the
companies concerned. I am
told it is IGAS with an Alton
office, but you would have to
verify that.
 

It follows therefore that
this drilling will happen
quite soon so it is now just a
question of local communities
affected trying to in
some way mitigate the
damage and harm that will
be done.
 

This covers wildlife
conservation, rights of way
preservation, water and
river pollution, visual
impacts and, worst of all for
those of us in the local
villages – Clatfords,
Longstock, Abbotts Ann,
Leckford, Chilbolton (west
of river) and Wherwell
(south of forest) – the
terrible effect on property
prices right across the field.
 

I have no doubt your
contributors are all very
genuine in their heartfelt
concerns about fracking
and, of course, The Weekly
Advertiser as I still call it, in
making some report, but
they need to be told loud and
clear that it is simply too late
to stop this widespread field
exploration process.
 

It is not if it starts but
when, given that the
Government has in effect
both given the green
light and banked the
licence fees.
 

My rambling group have
written to all three MPs
covering the overlapping
area. No reply yet.
Margaret Peters,
 

Carter’s Clay, Romsey

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7:34am Tue 17 Jun 14

BeckyMartin says...

Hi Margaret,
I respectfully disagree that there is nothing we can do to stop this. In Kent, Chesterfield, and Wrexham campaigners have successfully seen off drillers. In Falkirk and now Balcombe residents are using the courts to delay and hopefully stop operations. Community resistance is key. We are the many, they are the few and we are not going to stand by while they poison our children, destroy our wildlife and ruin our countryside now are we? Please if you are concerned about unconventional gas extraction get in touch with other campaigners who can give you advice on how to lock the gate and protect your community.

Best wishes
Dr Becky Martin
(Former cancer researcher, now a stay at home mum)
Frack Free Families
Frackfreefamilies.or
g.uk
Hi Margaret, I respectfully disagree that there is nothing we can do to stop this. In Kent, Chesterfield, and Wrexham campaigners have successfully seen off drillers. In Falkirk and now Balcombe residents are using the courts to delay and hopefully stop operations. Community resistance is key. We are the many, they are the few and we are not going to stand by while they poison our children, destroy our wildlife and ruin our countryside now are we? Please if you are concerned about unconventional gas extraction get in touch with other campaigners who can give you advice on how to lock the gate and protect your community. Best wishes Dr Becky Martin (Former cancer researcher, now a stay at home mum) Frack Free Families Frackfreefamilies.or g.uk BeckyMartin
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10:05am Tue 17 Jun 14

celticlass says...

Hi Margaret......I endorse what Dr Martin has said. We need to get information out to help people make their own minds up about this controvesial form of fuel extraction.There are groups around you who are well informed and willing to make a stand against fracking. May I suggest KWIFF (Keep Wiltshire Frack Free) as one. There is a group in Somerset too...both have Facebook pages which will welcome you if you feel strongly about the damage that fracking will do to our environment. Feel free to email me celticlass46@gmail.c
om, I'm in the Andover area and very concerned about the effects this will have locally on our very fragile environment.

Regards Jo
Hi Margaret......I endorse what Dr Martin has said. We need to get information out to help people make their own minds up about this controvesial form of fuel extraction.There are groups around you who are well informed and willing to make a stand against fracking. May I suggest KWIFF (Keep Wiltshire Frack Free) as one. There is a group in Somerset too...both have Facebook pages which will welcome you if you feel strongly about the damage that fracking will do to our environment. Feel free to email me celticlass46@gmail.c om, I'm in the Andover area and very concerned about the effects this will have locally on our very fragile environment. Regards Jo celticlass
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