29th April 2014 The Frack Free Balcombe Residents’ Association is considering a legal challenge to the decision by West Sussex County Council’s planning committee to grant permission to Cuadrilla to test the viability of its exploratory oil well.
29th April 2014 The planning committee of West Sussex County Council has approved the application by Cuadrilla to flow test its oil well at Balcombe. This is despite 900 objections and a call by a village group to delay the vote on the application. The council’s strategic planning […]
29th April 2014 The chair of West Sussex Planning Committee has adjourned the meeting considering Cuadrilla’s planning application at Balcombe, amid heckling from the audience. To shouts of “very unprofessional” and “not democratic”, Cllr Heidi Brunsdon led members of the committee out of the meeting room. The committee […]
28th April 2014 Tomorrow the planning committee of West Sussex County Council discusses the application by Cuadrilla to test drill its well at Balcombe. It will consider a report by the council’s strategic planning manager, Mike Elkington, which recommends approval of the application. The committee will also hear […]
25th April 2014 More than 70% of the charges that went to trial following anti-fracking protests outside Cuadrilla’s exploration site in Balcombe have now resulted in acquittals or were dropped during the court case.
April 24th 2014 Keith Taylor, Green Party MEP for the South East of England, sent a message of support today to Balcombe residents opposing Cuadrilla’s planning application to flow test its exploratory oil well in the village.
24th April 2014 West Sussex County Council says no more than 100 people will be able to attend the planning committee meeting which will consider Cuadrilla’s application to test drill its well at Balcombe. To gain admission you must hold a ticket issued by the council. And to […]
23rd April 2014 Updated figures from Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) released this month show there are 84 oil and gas wells in East and West Sussex. A few of them were drilled more than 100 years ago. Many never produced commercial quantities of hydrocarbons. But […]
23rd April 2014 There are 84 oil and gas wells in Sussex, many of them abandoned long ago. Could they become the next sites for hydraulic fracturing? One anti-fracking organisation thinks they could.
19th April 2014 Balcombe residents have accused the Confederation of British Industry of faking Cuadrilla’s record on community engagement with the village. The CBI used the oil and gas exploration company as a case study on its website to illustrate the importance of building trust with local communities. […]