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Oil company temporarily withdraws bid to drill for oil near Rowlands Castle

Site at Markwells Wood

Published on the Portsmouth News website on the 3rd May 2017

Story by Anna Khoo

 

An oil firm’s decision to withdraw heavily contested plans for exploratory drilling in Stoughton near Rowlands Castle has been hailed as a ‘victory’ for green campaigners and residents.

UK Oil and Gas made the announcement after it was refused a request for more time to respond to water contamination concerns upheld by the Environment Agency last month.

The planning application, which has attracted more than 2,000 objections.

In a statement to shareholders, UKOG executive chairman Stephen Sanderson said: ‘Given the potential sensitivity of the Markwells Wood site to the adjacent chalk groundwater system, it is in the public interest that this subject be investigated as thoroughly as possible prior to any further site activity.

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Be inspired at pioneering eco centre’s green fair

Christine Seaward cannot wait for the South Downs Green Fair at the Sustainability Centre

Published on the Portsmouth News website on the 5th May 2017

 

FINAL preparations are being made for a celebration of all things green.

The Sustainability Centre, near Clanfield, Waterlooville, is hosting its annual Green Fair on Sunday.

More than 3,000 people are expected to attend the event, which will see music, literature and workshops combine for a great family day out.

Organiser Christine Seaward said: ‘South Downs Green Fair brings summer into view and helps banish the winter blues.

‘This celebration of all things green has a real festival feel about it.

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Say goodbye to single-use plastics

There could soon be more plastic than fish in our seas

Published on the Portsmouth News website on the 3rd May 2017

Story by Dr. Sue Kinsey from the Marine Conservation Society

 

WITH more plastic than fish in our seas a possibility by 2050 according to some predictions, our reliance on plastic in all its forms is clear.

To highlight just what a plastic pickle we’re in, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is once again throwing down the gauntlet to the public to take on the Plastic Challenge throughout June.

MCS, the UK’s leading marine charity, supported by water filtration company BRITA UK, is asking people to give up single-use plastics for a whole month.

The challenge is to say goodbye to conveniences like pre-packed sandwiches, ready meals and plastic-bottled drinks for a day, a week or, if they can manage it, the whole of June.

TV presenter Simon Reeve is an ambassador for the challenge.

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