FRACK FREE FERNHURST Invite you to a FAMILY PICNIC
Oct
26
3:00 pm15:00

FRACK FREE FERNHURST Invite you to a FAMILY PICNIC

Frack Free Fernhurst invite you to a family picnic to celebrate the village’s success in protecting Nine Acre Copse.

Music, fun and celebration, just bring your own food and drink (or pop to the Red Lion)!

At Fernhurst Cricket Pavilion

on Sunday 26th October, 3-7pm

IGas Annual General Meeting
Sep
1
10:00 am10:00

IGas Annual General Meeting

  • Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP

IGas are planning to drill for shale gas and coal bed methane in Cheshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire within the next year. Their proposed acquisition of Dart Energy will make them the biggest shale gas explorers in the UK with a portfolio covering one million acres of potential fracking land.

Their Annual General Meeting will be held at the offices of Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP, CityPoint, One Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9AW at 10.30 a.m. on Monday 1 September 2014. Come and join Friends of the Earth outside from 10am tell the Shareholders what you think, in the nicest possible way! Give it up and make some noise.

For more information contact fracking@foe.co.uk

Objection Deadline
May
27
10:00 pm22:00

Objection Deadline

Click here to register your objection to the proposal for exploratory drilling near Fernhurst

Celtique have submitted additional information in response to questions from the South Downs National Park Authority.  We believe that these

Celtique Energie have submitted additional information in response to questions from the South Downs National Park Authority.  We believe that these responses are significantly deficient and do not adequately address the concerns.  The SDNPA should reject this application immediately..............

Click here to register your objection to the proposal for exploratory drilling near Fernhurst

You may wish to refer to some or all of the points below:

1. Alternative site assessment.  Celtique maintain that they have to drill at this site, within the NP, because it cannot be accessed from outside the par and it is a condition of their license that they must "drill or drop".  The fact is that Celtique have 128,000 acres they could drill in and much of it is outside the park.  Their own submission indicates that the geology at Fernhurst is exactly the same as other possible sites outside the park and so it doesn't need to be explored at Fernhurst.  The reason they want to do it here is because this is a site where they have landowner permission.

2. Celtique have not provided any information on drilling fluids to be used.  Celtique claim this is a matter for the Environment Agency not the SDNPA.

3. No additional information has been provided on the design of the well pad; specifically in relation to ensuring its stability.

4. No additional information has been provided in respect of pollution prevention; specifically wheel washing and surface water collection from the access roads, and the additional information provided in respect of ground water impact is inadequate.

5. No additional studies have been conducted on visual impact (despite the fact that the height of the security fencing has now been increased to 4m).

6. No additional noise background readings have been undertaken and night time noise levels will remain significantly above the statutory maximum permitted.

7. Celtique's access plan still require mature oak trees to be removed or crown lifted, which ignores the Tree Protection Ordering placed on them.

8. Traffic: Celtique's own plans show that lorries cannot access the site without crossing into the path of oncoming traffic.

9. Traffic: The access plan requires lorries to cross land that Celtique does not have ownership of, or control over.

10. Traffic: The assessment of the impact of additional HGV traffic is incorrect.  Celtique are still assessing any vehicle over 1.5 tons as an HGV, and they under estimated the amount of traffic associated with this activity (for example, lorries to deliver / remove waste water have not been included).

Click here to register your objection to the proposal for exploratory drilling near Fernhurst

responses are significantly deficient and do not adequately address the concerns.  The SDNPA should reject this application immediately..............

You may wish to refer to some or all of the points below:

1. Alternative site assessment.  Celtique maintain that they have to drill at this site, within the NP, because it cannot be accessed from outside the par and it is a condition of their license that they must "drill or drop".  The fact is that Celtique have 128,000 acres they could drill in and much of it is outside the park.  Their own submission indicates that the geology at Fernhurst is exactly the same as other possible sites outside the park and so it doesn't need to be explored at Fernhurst.  The reason they want to do it here is because this is a site where they have landowner permission.

2. Celtique have not provided any information on drilling fluids to be used.  Celtique claim this is a matter for the Environment Agency not the SDNPA.

3. No additional information has been provided on the design of the well pad; specifically in relation to ensuring its stability.

4. No additional information has been provided in respect of pollution prevention; specifically wheel washing and surface water collection from the access roads, and the additional information provided in respect of ground water impact is inadequate.

5. No additional studies have been conducted on visual impact (despite the fact that the height of the security fencing has now been increased to 4m).

6. No additional noise background readings have been undertaken and night time noise levels will remain significantly above the statutory maximum permitted.

7. Celtique's access plan still require mature oak trees to be removed or crown lifted, which ignores the Tree Protection Ordering placed on them.

8. Traffic: Celtique's own plans show that lorries cannot access the site without crossing into the path of oncoming traffic.

9. Traffic: The access plan requires lorries to cross land that Celtique does not have ownership of, or control over.

10. Traffic: The assessment of the impact of additional HGV traffic is incorrect.  Celtique are still assessing any vehicle over 1.5 tons as an HGV, and they under estimated the amount of traffic associated with this activity (for example, lorries to deliver / remove waste water have not been included).

‘Facts about Fracking’ Meeting
Dec
15
6:30 pm18:30

‘Facts about Fracking’ Meeting

  • Rogate Village Hall

On Sunday 15th December, Rogate Parish Council is hosting a Public Meeting to inform both our parishioners as well as the residents of our neighbouring parishes about the implications of any potential shale gas exploration in this area. The intention is to present the basic facts in an balanced, accurate way, and to explore the technological, financial, hydrological and environmental aspects from all viewpoints, so that a truly informed public debate can ensue. We very much hope that some of the councillors of our surrounding parishes will be able to join us, so that we can collaborate on this important issue, and would therefore request this email circulated to them.

The Meeting will take place at 6.30 p.m. in Rogate Village Hall.

We look forward to seeing you on 15th December.

Cllr Sarah O’Brien-Twohig
Vice-Chair, Rogate Parish Council

sarah@sarahobt.plus.com
01730 821606

Frack Free Fernhurst Village Hall meeting
Nov
1
8:00 pm20:00

Frack Free Fernhurst Village Hall meeting

We will be covering the following:

1. Update on latest developments
2. Drilling in Fernhurst - A short Video by Chris Tedd
3. Untangling the myths:
-  "We've been fracking for decades and no-one's noticed"
- "Unconventional Oil & Gas extraction is just like the old conventional methods"
- "There's no evidence of environmental damage"
- "The USA is just like the UK"
- From Celtique - "It's only temporary"
- From Celtique - "We're only going for conventional oil"
4. What happens next?
5. Q&A

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Meet the frackers: an opportunity to observe the the discussion between members of the SDNPA and those representing the oil/gas industry
Oct
15
12:30 pm12:30

Meet the frackers: an opportunity to observe the the discussion between members of the SDNPA and those representing the oil/gas industry

Cowdray Hall, Easebourne, Midhurst

From the SDNPA website:

"The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) has arranged for some expert speakers to give presentations on oil and gas development, on 15 October 2013 at 12:30pm at Cowdray Hall, Easebourne, Midhurst, prior to the National Park Authority meeting. The presentation will start at 12:30pm and finish at 2.15pm

This meeting will be held in public. However, it will not be a public meeting and therefore only Members of the Authority will be able to question the experts.

Due to limited space at Cowdray Hall if you would like to attend, you will need to register your attendance by contacting member.services@southdowns.gov.uk (Tel: 01730 811781). Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Please note that there is no public parking outside the Hall for attendees of meetings. All vehicles should be parked at the Cowdray Park adjacent to the farm shop across the road from the Hall. Blue badge holders, please contact member.services@southdowns.gov.uk or call 01730 811781 to arrange parking outside the venue."

Public debate to address hyraulic fracturing in the UK
Oct
6
7:00 pm19:00

Public debate to address hyraulic fracturing in the UK

All Saints Centre, Friars Lane. Lewes

Two nationally recognised experts on Hydraulic Fracturing (‘Fracking’) will cross swords at a debate on the subject organised by Lewes Energy Information Group (LEIG) at All Saints, Friars Walk Lewes on Sunday October 6th 7-9pm. Professor James Woudhuysen of De Montfort University will speak in favour and Professor David Smythe of Glasgow University will speak against.

Fracking is a technique for extracting natural gas and oil from deep underground. Test drilling in Lancashire caused earthquakes in 2012 and a temporary moratorium was announced by the UK government while an enquiry was held. Recently the all-clear was given and a go-ahead for further test drilling, which has been taking place in Balcombe near Haywards Heath over the summer.

Some sites near Lewes (Ringmer, Southease and Beddingham) which were drilled decades ago are due to be re-activated. The industry argument in favour of fracking is that it will provide a cheap source of domestic energy with lower greenhouse gas emissions than existing energy sources. Concerns expressed by opponents include the contamination of ground water, spillages of harmful chemicals, the adverse climate change impact arising from methane gas emissions and the disruption of the countryside as a consequence of frequent truck deliveries to and from the site.

Raphael Kaplinsky of LEIG said ‘Opinion on fracking has become very polarised. The Lewes public deserves a more informed debate on the issues. We hope to provide answers to these questions: Will fracking contaminate our ground water? Will it contribute anything meaningful to our energy supply? Does it make sense financially? How and to what extent will it disrupt local communities? Why is the government subsidising it? How long will the shale boom last and how many wells will have to be drilled in Sussex to produce the targeted output?’

Aug
22
10:00 am10:00

'No Fracking Traffic' - Fernhurst/Camelsdale/Liphook Lorry Demo

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Frack Free Fernhurst has organised for a large fracking-size lorry with ‘No Fracking Traffic’ banners to demonstrate the unsuitability of Vann Road for such heavy traffic and also to run the proposed route out of the village through Camelsdale and Liphook to the main A3.  Meeting point for everyone who can attend a short meet-up before the lorry departs is 'Lower Lodge Candles car park, Fernhurst, GU27 3NH.

Aug
18
3:00 pm15:00

Solidarity Sunday - Balcombe Visit

  • Lower Stumble Drill Site

"Local groups are the frontline of resistance to unconventional gas across the UK. On Sunday 18 August they will be coming together from all four corners of the UK to join with the people of Balcombe to show the world that we stand united in rejection of unconventional gas in our communities.

Travelling from across the UK to meet for a day of action, networking, skill sharing, friendship building and a March for a Frack Free Future at 3pm to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Balcombe."

The drill site location can be found below, post code: RH17 6JQ. So far we have all been able to park safely by the site. See you there!

Important deadline for comments on the Balcombe exploratory borehole waste management plan
Jul
15
11:59 pm23:59

Important deadline for comments on the Balcombe exploratory borehole waste management plan

"The Environment Agency is seeking views from the local community and interested groups following the application for an environmental permit from energy company Cuadrilla Resources Ltd (Cuadrilla).

The company has applied to the Environment Agency for a mining waste permit to manage wastes arising from an exploratory borehole to test for oil reserves at Balcombe in West Sussex."

It is very important we all leave our views HERE

Free screening of 'Drill Baby Drill' followed by open discussion in Fernhurst
Jul
13
7:45 pm19:45

Free screening of 'Drill Baby Drill' followed by open discussion in Fernhurst

Sat 13th July, 1945-2215 - Fernhurst Village Hall

A brand new film about Fracking is coming to Fernhurst. 

The film, called ‘Drill Baby Drill’, tells an inspirational story of people in Poland and Pennsylvania standing up to the multinational companies who want to frack in their communities. 

Keith Taylor, MEP for the South East, is taking the film on a tour of the region. 

Tickets to the screening are free but space is limited so please book in advance.

The screening will be followed by a discussion on fracking led by Keith and local campaigners.

Get your free tickets here

"In rural Pennsylvania, the cows are unwell. It is the heart of shale gas mining, and the farmers are belatedly realizing the devastation that the fracking has had upon their livelihoods. Filmmaker Lech Kowalski is taking careful note of what is happening in Pennsylvania – it is the harbinger of what is to come in Poland. Kowalski is on hand with his probing camera as a group of farmers in Eastern Poland awaken to the reality that Chevron is preparing to establish numerous mines on their land. Initially open to the idea, their internet research, coupled with their blackening well water, quickly sends alarm bells ringing. They mobilize to stop Chevron, but is it too late? A lack of concrete information, and the secretive nature of Chevron’s plans perpetuate an atmosphere of fear and paranoia, in this David vs. Goliath story with a surprising ending."

Lynchmere Parish Council Meeting
Jul
2
8:00 pm20:00

Lynchmere Parish Council Meeting

Lynchmere Parish Council meeting at Camelsdale School Hall for Tuesday 2nd July from 8pm

Attendance is crucial for the whole surrounding area to share opinion on proposed drilling.

Fernhurst Village Hall Meeting
Jul
1
7:00 pm19:00

Fernhurst Village Hall Meeting

We have booked Fernhurst Village Hall for Monday 1st July from 7pm.  The intention is to get a proper action group established.  Your attendance and support would be very much appreciated.

We have produced some flyers and will start to distribute these around the village tomorrow.

A large turnout is important.

Please share.