Further Setback For Gas Fracking In The UK But Shale Oil Threat Still Growing In The South East
Barbara Richardson of Roseacre Awareness Group (RAG);
“We are still very concerned about this government’s intention to push fracking on unwilling communities and we will do whatever we can to support other communities faced with this threat.”
The South East is primarily threatened by the potential for shale oil extraction in the Weald & Wessex basins. In particular the British Geological Survey (BGS) and a company called UK Oil & Gas (UKOG) have highlighted the potential to extract shale/tight oil at sites across the Weald Basin.
For communities living in the Weald, the tight/shale oil threat is similar to that posed by other forms of fracking. All unconventional fossil fuels require much greater amounts of extraction effort, with massively increased environmental and social impacts. Tight/shale oil is trapped within low permeability rocks through which it cannot easily flow, so densely packed horizontal wells & stimulation (e.g. hydraulic fracturing) are required to extract the oil. Tight oil areas like the Bakken & Eagle Ford Shale in the US have been industrialised in a few short years by the drilling of thousands of wells, HGV’s, new pipelines and waste sites.
This threat is uniting communities across the South East to fight for their future. For information on how to get to the sites see the Horse Hill, Brockham, Broadford Bridge & Balcombe site pages. Come down and support these communities if you can! Or find our what fracking support sites might be near you.