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‘I’m disappointed that as a society we’re considering letting the oil drill go ahead’

The Site at Markwells Wood in South Downs National Park

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 27th of July 2017


As UK Oil and Gas prepares to re-submit its application to drill for oil in the South Downs National Park, Emsworth author and features writer Simon Newman asks whether ‘grubbing around for the last dregs of our fossil legacy’ is really worth it.

But as you can imagine, not everyone is a happy bunny – especially those who live in this beautiful part of the world.

Campaign group Markwells Wood Watch was set up to oppose such endeavours and its highly vocal members met earlier this month in the normally tranquil village of Rowlands Castle.

They are obviously well-informed, well-organised and you get the distinct impression they are capable of mobilising support from the all right quarters.

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Southmoor Flood Alleviation Scheme What’s the problem?

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The Unfrozen Moment - Delivering A Green Brexit

Published on the website on the 21st July 2017
From: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP

Secretary of State Michael Gove sets out his vision on the future of our natural environment

Safeguarding our future

It is a particular pleasure to be here today in WWF’s magnificent Living Planet Centre. It’s an inspirational example of how buildings can contribute to environmental sustainability. The WWF’s commitment to worldwide conservation, to robust research and to engaging people as well as policy makers in these critical issues has ensured it has provided a wonderful example of environmental leadership. I hope that we will continue to work closely together, and with other organisations represented here, as we forge our future approach to the environment.

In 1970, the incoming Conservative Government of Edward Heath created this country’s first Department of the Environment. The new Department published a White Paper on our natural heritage in 1972 which was entitled ‘How Do you Want to Live?’ The Department, with perhaps more idealism, or less due diligence, than has subsequently been the case in Government communications strategy, commissioned Philip Larkin to write a poetic prologue.

And his poem – subsequently titled ‘Going, Going’ – is a lament for the erosion and destruction of our natural environment under the pressures of corporate greed, devil take the hindmost individualism, and modernist brutalism.

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