Five Conservative MPs defied the Government in a vote this evening on fracking conditions in the Infrastructure Bill.
27th June 2014 The debate over oil drilling in Balcombe has turned against local and national Conservative politicians this month. Letters to the local paper, the Mid-Sussex Times, have criticised the Government, Conservative-led West Sussex County Council and the local Tory MP.
14th April 2014 More people would prefer a wind farm in their local council area than a fracking site, according to research published today by YouGov for the renewables company, Ecotricity.
April 9th 2014 Like West Sussex County Council as a whole, the planning committee that will vote on April 29th on Cuadrilla’s application to flow test its oil well at Balcombe has a Conservative majority. InvestigatingBalcombeAndCuadrilla.com has been looking into the political backgrounds of the committee members and the […]
The Times reports (9/1/14) the Government is prepared to give communities near fracking sites a bigger share of the proceeds, following pressure from backbench Conservative MPs. The paper said ministers are willing to reconsider the present proposals for community benefits which would give local groups 1 per cent […]
Campaigners opposed to Cuadrilla’s exploration site at Balcombe joined opponents of fracking from across the UK in writing a letter of protest to David Cameron. The letter included the views of people from areas being targeted by companies which want to exploit unconventional oil and gas. One section […]
23/8/13 Costs reach £2.3m Sussex Police says the cost of policing protests at Balcombe has risen to £2.3m and is likely to reach £3.7m. It says the cost of the six-day Reclaim the Power camp, which ended on Wednesday August 21st, were £1.5m, including help from ten other […]