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Fracking implications for oil and gas licences


Published in the Portsmouth News on 13th March 2014

ENVIRONMENTALISTS are urging the public to take part in a government consultation that could have an impact on fracking.

Every few years, the government launches licensing rounds for onshore oil and gas companies.

The licences give a company the right to apply to explore for and extract any hydrocarbon – oil or gas, conventional or unconventional. But first it has to produce an environmental report which goes out for public consultation.

The consultation deadline is 28th March 2014.

Ray Cobbett, the Hampshire co-ordinator for Friends of the Earth, said: ‘This is your chance to comment on whether you think there should be further licensing, potentially leading to fracking for shale gas, or to the extraction of coal bed methane.

‘There are various future fracking scenarios, one of which could include much of Hampshire.

‘We remain implacably opposed to fracking on the grounds that we already more fossil fuel reserves in the world than we can safely burn.’

To find out more go to the Department of Energy and Climate Change website.

New Figures show 43,869 homes at FLOOD RISK in Hampshire

Flooded Homes

According to an analysis of Environment Agency data released today by Friends of the Earth, there are 43,869 homes at flood risk across Hampshire.

Portsmouth North has the highest number of homes at risk – 14,983. Romsey & Southampton North has 2,213 at risk homes

The recent flooding has affected Hampshire particularly badly with road and rail closures and devastation to homes and businesses in the area. Nationally, over 6,000 homes have been affected by the winter floods.

However, the figures show there is a much larger number of properties in the UK that could face flooding in future. This is a concern as climate change is set to make flooding more widespread.

Worse still, the Government’s own Climate Change Risk Assessment estimates that almost one million UK homes could be at significant flood risk by the 2020s, up from the 370,000 currently at significant risk nationwide. Yet the Government is spending £500 million less on flood defences than is required to keep pace with climate change, according to its own advisors, while cutting spending on energy efficiency and bringing uncertainty to renewable energy projects.

Friends of the Earth South East Regional Campaigner Brenda Pollack, said:

“Flooding is devastating for anyone that is affected by it and as a country we must do much more to prepare for the impacts of climate change. Without proper investment in flood defences, hundreds of thousands more homes could be put at risk of flooding.”

“Prevention is better than cure, so it’s also vital that the Government redouble efforts to stop climate change becoming worse.”

“We are asking Hampshire MPs to support the call for flood defences in line with the risks posed by climate change, and for more investment to make homes energy efficient, switch to renewable energy and get off climate-changing and polluting fossil fuels.”

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Zero Carbon Britain - rethinking the future

Zero Carbon Britain

How the UK can cut its carbon footprint to zero by 2030

A realistic and inspirational talk by Alice Hooker-Stroud of the renowned Centre for Alternative Technology on how  we can reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to net zero whilst maintaining a modern standard of living whilst using only current technology and acting in line with the current climate science.

Chaired by Winchester City Councillor Jan Warwick
(Neighborhoods and Environment Portfolio)

Tuesday 11th March 2014

7:30pm to 9:30pm
(Refreshments from 7.15pm)

United Church
Jewry Street
SO23 8RZ

See further details here

Tuesday meetings topics focus on action and are convened by WinACC in partnership with Winchester Friends of the Earth