Fresh setback for frackers as National Park puts licence bid on hold

Commenting on news that an application to frack in the South Downs National Park has been put on hold after thousands of complaints by local residents, Greenpeace UK energy campaigner Lawrence Carter said:

“This is yet another setback
for a fracking industry that is finding out just how tough it is to push their
drilling plans on communities where opposition to this controversial technique
is strong. There hasn’t been a single well fracked in the UK since July 2011 –
despite all the hype the shale gas industry remains stuck in the starting

“The park authorities have
been right to listen to the concerns voiced by over 2,000 people in the area
who don’t want one of Britain’s most popular national parks disfigured by gas
rigs, flares, and heavy lorry traffic.

“With the government’s
pro-fracking argument unravelling and public support falling, it’s only going
to get harder for shale gas companies to forge ahead with plans to
industrialise our countryside.”



announcement was made by the South Downs National Park Authority chief
executive, Trevor Beattie, at a public information meeting held in Chichester
last night.

decision on Celtique Energie’s planning application was expected in March. The
park authorities told residents yesterday they would be unlikely to consider it
until the summer.

Last week, solicitors acting
on behalf of a group of landowners living on the boundaries of the potential
fracking site wrote to Celtique stating they refuse to give the company
permission to drill under their land.


Stefano Gelmini, Greenpeace
UK, m 07506 512 442,

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