Shale gas explorer gets approval from county council to test oil flow rates at site that saw anti-fracking protests
UK shale gas exploration company Cuadrilla has been given the green light to test oil extraction in Balcombe, the West Sussex village that sawmajor anti-fracking protests last summer.
At a planning committee meeting that had to be adjourned at one point due to people disrupting it, West Sussex county council approved the company’s application to undertake tests to see how fast oil would flow at a site on the outskirts of the village.
The committee’s decision at County Hall North in Horsham on Tuesday was announced to cries of “shame on you” by some residents. Over 100 people attended the meeting.
Heidi Brunsdon, chairman of the committee, said: “I thought the debate was robust. Members gave all the issues a good airing and the further conditions we agreed might not go as far as some would have wanted, but we feel they were proportionate and fair in addressing the issues that members of the committee had surrounding this application.” Monitoring of light and sound from the site were two of the conditions imposed on the approval.
Cuadrilla submitted a planning application in January for an oil flow test at the well it drilled last year.
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Thank you for all those who sent in comments to WSCC or lobbied their Councillors. Cuadrilla’s application for planning permission to flow-test their Balcombe well (acid wash and flare) will be decided on Tuesday 29th April by West Sussex County Council’s planning committee. 10.30 start, 12.30 end of the Cuadrilla case, in the Park Suite, County Hall North, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1XH. At this meeting we intend to present this petition (although it will continue to grow we hope, in case of further applications). The current total, including our paper copies is 5445, a big thank you to all who have signed! The decision will be made at the end of this meeting, after which we will be able to give you more information on how we intend to proceed with our campaign.
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