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Latest Digest Week Ending 14th September 2014

Special report - FBC recommended to object to applications

Special report - 243 Pennsylania water wells affected by oil and gas operations - official


I,m not big on petitions generally. But this one is important. A group of organisations, including FoE and Greenpeace, now has OVER 250,000 signatures to tell Cameron to abandon his fracking folly. Please sign and share if you haven't already done so. Next step half a million! Click on the pic to go to FoE's petition page.

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BREAKING NEWS.Fylde Borough Council are being recommended by their officers to say both the main Cuadrilla planning applications at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood should be REFUSED. The Development Control Committee meets next week to decide what their response to Lancashire County Council will be. If Fylde object to the applications this could be a big step forward in encouraging LCC - who have the yes or no decision - to turn down the applications.

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A major victory for anti-fracking campaigners, where the Celtique application for drilling has been REFUSED by the South Downs National Park Authority!

The Frack Free Fernhurst reaction -
‘FFF is delighted that the SDNPA planning committee have turned down Celtique Energie's application for exploratory drilling at Nine Acre Copse. In rejecting this application they have not only taken the advice of their own planning officer and accepted the government's own confirmation that such development should only take place in a national park in exceptional circumstances but also listened to the over five and a half thousand people who have objected to this proposal (as opposed to the eleven who have expressed support of it). Clearly a national park is not the right place for a large-scale “industrial experiment” (Andrew Tyrie MP), and we are relieved to see that the SDNPA have upheld their objectives to protect the national park and the community within it.

Right up until the last minute Celtique demonstrated their lack of respect for our community with their continued attempts to mislead both the public and the planning authorities with disingenuous and incorrect statements and material.

We would like to thank all the organisations and individuals who have tirelessly campaigned for and contributed to our campaign – from Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, the National Trust, the Woodland Trust, RSPB, CPRE, the South Downs Society to those who visit and love the national park and of course the residents of Fernhurst, Lynchmere and the surrounding area.

One thing that the last 16 months have shown is that we live in a community which is willing to work together and support each other when faced with a crisis. We hope that our village can now return to being the peaceful and happy place that it was before we faced this unwelcome and inappropriate threat.'

Elsewhere A new report from Yale University reports elevated health problems near fracking wells.

According to the report, people living within a kilometer of a frack well experience higher rates of breathing and skin problems. It must NOT happen here.

Any opinions here not quotes from the week's news reports are my own.
Alan Tootill

News As It Came In with links to original stories

Yale study: Health problems found in people living near fracking wells

People near 'fracking' wells report health woes

Fracking firm's South Downs drilling plans rejected

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