Take Action to stop CBM Drilling in Somerset

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:
http://www.frackfreesomerset.org/what-you-can-do/keynsham-action-alert/ <http://www.frackfreesomerset.org/what-you-can-do/keynsham-action-alert/\ >

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!

Lets have good energy in our back yard, not runaway climate change.