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Public meeting unites those against drinking water pollution

Markwells Wood Watch protested against the proposed oil drilling outside Portsmouth Guildhall last month

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 19th December 2016

Story by: Tamara Siddiqui

 

MORE THAN 2,000 objections have now been lodged against an oil company’s bid to drill four oil wells in a national park.

And there could be more – as concerned members of the public met Markwells Wood Watch, a pressure group opposed to the industrial oil development, to discuss the progress of the case.

UK Oil and Gas (Ukog) wants to drill in the South Downs National Park.

Residents gathered at Forestside and Stansted Village Hall to learn that although it’s not considered hydraulic fracturing (fracking), a process known as acidisation or acid fracking would be used to ease the release of oil.

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Firm ‘has broken its promise’ on chemicals

Markwells Wood

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 9th of December 2016

Story by: Tamara Siddiqui

 

AN OIL company has been criticised for not disclosing information about chemicals despite a promise to do so over the summer.

UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) is proposing to drill for oil in Markwells Wood, Forestside, which is within the South Downs National Park.

Markwells Wood sits atop the aquifer which feeds Portsmouth, and residents and groups are worried about the risk of pollution to drinking water. Also affected could be the Havant and Bedhampton Springs public water supply.

Portsmouth Water objected to the plans earlier this year.

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Havant Borough Council pledge to voice infrastructure needs to government

Forty Acres at Bedhampton Picture: Malcolm Wells (160712-1991)

Forty Acres at Bedhampton Picture: Malcolm Wells (160712-1991)

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 17th November 2016

Story by
Danny Randon

 

LEADERS at Havant Borough Council have vowed that they will get the best deal possible when planning for new homes.

More than 150 people met the council cabinet yesterday to voice their concerns over the Local Plan.

Some 11,250 homes must be built in Havant by 2036 to meet government targets amidst a national need for housing.

However, the cabinet agreed that greater infrastructure, particularly better roads and more health services, must be provided with the homes.

Council leader Cllr Michael Cheshire said that the council will lobby MPs Alan Mak and George Hollingbery, as well as housing minister Gavin Barwell, to acknowledge these requirements.

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