Common sense may be dawning. The protests at Balcombe seem to have worked – at least for the moment. We still need to be vigilant though. Numerous applications for drilling have been filed in various parts of the country. Ferhurst in West Sussex looks set to be the next test case in this area. See details on the ‘Frack-Free Fernhurst‘ website.
A big ritual to protect the land of Albion is planned for 28 September. Organisers believe over a thousand people will attend. See details. The protection sigil specially designed for this action is shown above.
From the BBC today:
Oil exploration will cease in a village at the centre of an anti-fracking campaign by the end of September after plans to extend work were withdrawn.
Protests were staged in Balcombe over fears test drilling for oil could lead to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
The permit for activity was to run out on 28 September and, in July, the firm Cuadrilla applied for an extension.
It has now withdrawn the plans and will submit fresh proposals to be looked at by West Sussex County Council in 2014.