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    Fracking in Balcombe, West Sussex, A Community Says No!

    by  • July 25, 2013 • News

    The sleepy village of Balcombe in West Sussex, in the middle of the Weald valley, has until recently not been a place you would associate with industrial development. The surrounding countryside is among the most picturesque you will see out of the train window on the line between London and Brighton. However, in 2008...

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    Fracking controls ‘removed in dash for unconventional energy resources’

    by  • July 24, 2013 • News

    Councils no longer able to investigate issues such as seismic activity, venting and potential impact on ground water supplies Local communities are set to lose control over key environmental decisions affecting whether fracking can go ahead within their midst, it is claimed. Campaigners opposing the industrial-scale exploitation of shale gas reserves in the British...

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    Chewton Mendip residents concern at prospect of Unconventional Gas Extraction

    by  • July 22, 2013 • News

    On July 16  over 70 people attended a public meeting arranged in Chewton Mendip village hall by Gas Field Free Mendip, a non party-political campaign by local people to protect the Mendip Hills and surrounding area from potential unconventional gas extraction. UK Methane who own the PEDL licences for this area have expressed interest in test drilling...

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    Distant quakes ‘can trigger wastewater-site temblors’

    by  • July 12, 2013 • News

    Earthquakes can be triggered at the sites of wastewater injection by quakes on the other side of the world, research suggests. The injection of wastewater from underground operations such as oil drilling is known to increase local seismic activity. Now a study in Science suggests that waves from the most distant temblors can cause...

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    The dash for gas beneath rural Britain

    by  • July 2, 2013 • News

    Compton Martin is not the most obvious place to have a conversation about drilling for gas, and what’s already happening in US states such as Texas, Oklahoma and Ohio. It sits on the northern edge of the Mendip Hills, in the famously picturesque Chew Valley. Put simply, Britain is in the midst of a...

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    How much is your health worth?

    by  • July 2, 2013 • News

    How much is your health worth? How much is your family’s health worth? ….and the health of your community and the well-being of your local environment? It seems that George Osborne has now put a price on this and it is £100,000.  Under new plans announced by the government communities will now get £100,000...

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    Public meeting Chewton Mendip village hall, Tue 16th July at 7pm

    by  • June 27, 2013 • News

    In light of the Petroleum Exploration and Development Licenses (PEDL) that have been granted by the Government for Unconventional Gas extraction (Fracking for Shale Gas and Coal Bed Methane) in Somerset, together with UK Methane’s declaration that they are considering test drills in this area, a meeting will be held at: Chewton Mendip Village...

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    Public meeting Ston Easton village hall – April 30.

    by  • June 20, 2013 • News

    A packed room, which included the local MP, Somerset County Councillor and Mendip District Councillor, heard first about the devastation that Unconventional Gas exploration is causing in other parts of the world – in the USA for example where pollution from the wells is reported to be causing significant environmental damage, destroying water supplies...

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