Campaigners aim to silence the ‘F-word’ by calling on residents to support anti-fracking movement (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Campaigners aim to silence the ‘F-word’ by calling on residents to support anti-fracking movement
ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners held a special event in Poole to urge residents to support an anti-fracking movement in Dorset.
The East Dorset Friends of the Earth were in Falkland Square in Poole town centre calling on people to back their campaign, making it clear fracking is not welcome in Dorset.
The group, led by Angela Pooley, set up a swear box to show fracking is a dirty word not wanted in Dorset, as part of a national day of action on the matter.
Passers-by were invited to sign postcards addressed to the leader of Dorset County Council, calling on the council to say no to the controversial extraction practice.
Angela Pooley said: “We have done a lot of research to see how fracking could affect Dorset.
“A sizeable chunk of the county has licences, as well as quite a bit of the seabed.
“There are no plans at the moment but there are licences there.”
Angela said there are currently six oil and gas licences across the Dorset coast however they do not automatically give the go-ahead for the contentious drilling as planning permission would have to be given as well.
Dr Martin Price, a member of East Dorset Friends of the Earth, added: “We are concerned that when it comes to permission, the government could move the goalposts and take away any say for local people.
“We have done a huge amount with the BP oil extraction over the years, putting controls and constraints on oil and gas to minimise the impact.”
The group has recently urged Dorset County Council to reject plans for drilling of an exploratory gas well at Swanage’s California Quarry.
Members of the planning committee are due to consider the application, from InfraStrata plc, at a meeting in late November.
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