WE THE UNDERSIGNED PETITIONERS (Resident Postcodes: BN11/BN12/BN13/BN14/BN99) STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT WORTHING BOROUGH COUNCIL CONSIDER A MOTION OPPOSING ALL UNCONVENTIONAL ONSHORE GAS/OIL EXPLORATION & EXTRACTION (FRACKING) IN WORTHING BOROUGH AND RELATED DOWNLAND AREAS.
We also request that Worthing Borough Council, as part of this process, engages in dialogue with local representatives from Worthing Against Fracking (WAF), and that time is allocated at the earliest opportunity for a full Council debate to include a presentation by WAF.
WE ASK THAT THE COUNCIL:
(a) Notes that the next round of Petroleum Exploration and Development Licenses (PEDLs) will be released by the Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) in the near future, and that the Worthing area falls within one of these PEDLs.
(b) Notes it is not acceptable for either the Fire and Rescue Service or the local water provider to be omitted as ‘Statutory Consultees’ in the planning application process for onshore shale gas/oil exploration and extraction (hydraulic fracturing).
(c) Notes that emergency/evacuation procedures are not available at the planning application stage for councillors or residents to scrutinise or question.
(d) Notes that none of the recommendations made by the Royal Society & Royal Academy of Engineering (Shale Gas Extraction in the UK: A review of hydraulic fracturing) have been implemented in relation to shale gas/oil exploration and extraction (hydraulic fracturing).
(e) Notes that none of the recommendations made by the International Energy Organisation (Golden Rules for a Golden Age of Gas) have been implemented in relation to shale gas/oil exploration and extraction (hydraulic fracturing).
(f) Notes that the huge amount of water needed for hydraulic fracturing to extract shale gas/oil (known as fracking) would drastically reduce water supplies available to households in this region, which is already designated as a drought prone area.
(g) Notes there is growing evidence from around the world that exploring and extracting onshore shale gas/oil resources by hydraulic fracturing leads to water contamination and environmental pollution which has serious negative impacts on human health.
(h) Notes that the exponential increase in noise, visual intrusion and air pollution directly resulting from unavoidable heavy industrial traffic movements in communities close to fracking sites is unacceptable.
(i) Notes that hydraulic fracturing has a link to seismic activity and earthquakes.
(j) Notes it is not acceptable that the revised requirements relating to planning applications for onshore oil and gas shale gas/oil resources by hydraulic fracturing, will include removing the requirement to inform people that horizontal drilling will take place under their homes/land.
Worthing Against Fracking (WAF) is a new campaign group formed at a packed open public meeting at the Sidney Walter Centre in Sussex Road, Worthing on the evening of Thursday 1st August 2013. WAF is deeply concerned by government documents showing a fracking licence has been offered for the Worthing area itself, including our beautiful downland, source of our local water supplies and by the detrimental effects of fracking (hydraulic fracturing), to the health of people and subsequent pollution of the Sussex environment.