Balcombe scheduled for Fracking
Footage from a Pennsylvania site being fracked 19/5/13 -
Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking) company Cuadrilla has planning permission to drill just outside Balcombe, West Sussex.
Fracking in the US, South Africa and Australia has caused serious concerns around water pollution – to the extent that some US households are able to set their tap water on fire, people and pets are getting sick and livestock is dying. Air pollution, aquifer depletion and contamination and increased heavy truck traffic are increasingly alarming factors.
France, Bulgaria, 5 Irish Counties and some American and Australian States have already declared moratoria on hydraulic fracturing and there are calls for the same in the UK. Planning has been denied in the Vale of Glamorgan (mainly because of local outrage) but the industry is fighting that and many other sites are planned UK-wide including in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Yorkshire, the Mendips and in Kent.
Most advanced among sites outside Lancashire, is Balcombe. Cuadrilla has prepared a site at Lower Stumble (1 mile south of the village). Foundations have already been laid. The company is now ready to bring in the drill rig. Drilling could start any day.
You can watch an excellent documentary by the UK’s Ecologist Film Unit on the risks of fracking here -
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