Archived press release
West Sussex shale drilling application rejected
Commenting on West Sussex County Council turning down Celtique Energie’s application to test drill for shale oil near the picturesque village of Wisborough Green today (Tuesday 22 July 2014), Brenda Pollack, South East Campaigner at Friends of the Earth said:
"This was absolutely the right decision. Nobody wants to see Sussex ruined by industrial drilling for dirty fossil fuels. If Celtique had been allowed to test for oil or gas, then there’s every chance that fracking would have followed.
"Local people would have seen their peaceful neighbourhoods shattered by the drilling and the extra lorries and other industrial traffic that comes with it. It has been clear from the start that this application must be refused for a range of reasons.
"Sussex could and should be at the heart of Britain's growing clean, green energy and economic transformation with a drive to waste less energy and source it from the wind, sun and waves."
A future based on and renewable technology and cutting waste could provide many jobs: renewable energy could support 400,000 jobs across the UK by 2020 and an energy efficiency programme could create 71,000 new jobs by 2015.
Notes to editors
1. WSCC Planning committee met today to discuss the application by Celtique Energie to carry out test drilling (a vertical and contingent horizontal well). Details of the application can be found here.
2. Renewable Energy Association 23rd April 2012 'Report on employment and skills in the UK renewable energy sector'.
3. Friends of the Earth briefing on fracking available here.