Take Action to stop CBM Drilling in Somerset

Nicole Vosper nicolevosper at gmx.com
Mon Oct 29 18:51:58 GMT 2012

For anyone who cares about the land....

Local coalition, Frack Free Somerset <http://www.frackfreesomerset.org>
,  who organise to keep Somerset free of fracking (hydraulic fracturing)
and other extreme energy methods, have issued a call to action to people
across Somerset.

Company UK Methane have submitted a planning application for a  test
drill for Coal Bed Methane (CBM) in Keynsham in North Somerset. The  aim
of CBM is to extract gas from a coal seam rather than a layer of  shale.
For more information on the technicalities, please see here:

A whole host of environmental dangers are associated with this method
including water contamination, toxic pollution  from produced water (as
well as the huge quantities used in the  process) and more. One of the
main reasons to take action against this  application however is that
his is the first attempt of an Oil & Gas  company to submit a planning
application for test drilling in the South  West of the UK. We should
show them NOW that there is strong resistance.

These companies need to prove the whole process is viable so that they 
can sell their licenses to larger corporations (who will proceed with 
even larger scale developments). One application can be then made to the
Major Infrastructure Planning Unit – part of central government - 
reducing any opportunity for local input. There could be 2,100 wells
across Somerset.

Therefore opposing these test sites NOW is extremely important while the
long term work continues building safe, community owned energy sources 
and infrastructure.

What can you do?

1. Make an objection to UK Methane's Planning Application

No. 12/04304/FUL

Write to:
Planning Services, PO Box 5006, Bath, BA1 1JG

Or online:

Expiry date for consultation 12/11/12

2. Forward this email to as many people as possible

3. Get involved with Frack Free Somerset 

Thank you for your solidarity!

Not in our backyard - Not in anyone's backyard!
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