First steps down a dangerous road
HAVING recently moved into the area, I am extremely concerned to have become aware of a possible oil extraction site near the village of Biscathorpe.
A company called Egdon Resources Plc has applied for planning permission to drill for oil and also openly stated their intention to produce gas from the underlying shale.
As far as I can see the party line from the Lincolnshire County Council seems to be that only licences for oil extraction will be granted. Apparently a very clear statement.
However, I do not believe that just the oil extraction is a sensible long term strategy for Egdon Resources Plc.
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The limited reserves surely don't justify the investment and even if they do it is just an excuse to get set up ready to 'frack' as that is where the real profits lie.
Once planning permission for the oil drilling is granted, the subsequent allowing of 'fracking' would seem to be just a formality given the usual weak performance of the planning system.
Especially as our beloved politicians are telling us that 'fracking' is the answer to all our energy problems.
Look at what is happening in Balcombe in Sussex despite all the protests.
Drilling still continues and the genuine concerns of the people are just ignored.
Once planning permission is given, even with conditions, it seems the planning system's capitulation to the future stretching and breaking of such conditions is to be expected.
If you have any care about the future of our planet and the quality of life we pass on to future generations, I urge you to find out more about this whole debate.
If planning permission for the site at Biscathorpe is granted it will be affecting you.
These early attempts to establish 'fracking' in places such as Biscathorpe are the first steps down a very dangerous road.
If anyone out there would care to tell me why my concerns are unfounded, I would be grateful to hear from them. Let us have this debate out in the open.
Richard Vinson, Louth