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Environmentalists’ outrage at proposal for South Downs oil drill

Markwells Wood, Forestside near Rowlands Castle

Markwells Wood, Forestside near Rowlands Castle

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 22nd September 2016

Story by Danny Randon

 

GREEN campaigners have criticised an application to drill for oil in the South Downs National Park.

United Kingdom Oil and Gas Investments PLC (UKOG) has applied to the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) for 20 years of oil extraction at Markwells Wood, Forestside near Rowlands Castle.

Although UKOG state the well will not be fracked it has asked for permission to drill horizontal wells, stimulation of the wells by acidisation, and to drill a well to reinject waste water. Friends of the Earth is concerned that horizontal wells require extraction techniques that can have risks for the environment due to the processes, chemicals and pressure used.

Brenda Pollack, Friends of the Earth’s south east regional campaigner, believes that national parks should not be subject to such an extensive period of drilling.

She said: ‘We believe that oil drilling should simply not be allowed in one of our most precious landscapes.

‘The processes they want to carry out have risks for our environment. We have serious concerns about the techniques needed to get the oil out of horizontal wells and reinjecting the waste water back underground is worrying.

‘Our national parks should be protected for people to enjoy.’

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High pesticide levels on oilseed rape crops harm wild bees, scientists prove

Species that feed most on the bright yellow flowers of the crop treated with controversial neonicotinoids have fallen by as much as 30%

Oilseed rape crop

Oilseed rape crops must be intensively managed for farmers to attain high yields, and this means high use of pesticides. Photograph: Chris Strickland/Alamy Stock Photo

Published on The Guardian website on the 16th August 2016

 

Pesticides used on oilseed rape crops, whose bright yellow flowers have become an increasingly common sight across the British countryside, are harming native populations of wild bees, scientists have conclusively proved.

Species that feed most on the flowers of the now-profitable cash crop used for vegetable oils and animal fodder are down by as much as 30%, according to the wide-ranging study published in the journal Nature.

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Hottest ever June marks 14th month of record-breaking temperatures

Nasa image shows sea ice across the Arctic Ocean shrinking to below-average levels this summer. Photograph: Nasa/AFP/Getty Images

Nasa image shows sea ice across the Arctic Ocean shrinking to below-average levels this summer. Photograph: Nasa/AFP/Getty Images

Published on The Guardian website on the 20th July 2016

 

US agencies Nasa and Noaa say last month was 0.9C hotter than the 20th century average and the hottest June since records began in 1880

As the string of record-breaking global temperatures continues unabated, June 2016 marks the 14th consecutive month of record-breaking heat.

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