Sunday, 19 July 2015

20 Jul 2015 Govt U Turn on fracking could be disastrous for Maidstone

Local Greens have issued a stark warning that the Government's U turn on protection against fracking in Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and in groundwater protection areas puts Maidstone and surrounding areas and people living here at great risk.

The U Turn[1] announced on Thursday overturns previous promises to protect highly sensitive areas. Maidstone's drinking water is predominately from groundwater [2] and there are large areas of groundwater protection zones locally [3 and 4] ensuring that any contamination of groundwater supplies would be disastrous.

Stuart Jeffery, Maidstone Green Party: "This U turn by the government marks yet another step towards fracking across the Weald. With Maidstone on the northern edge of the Weald, this could spell disaster for our countryside, water supplies and health.

"Injecting high volumes of toxic water under high pressure through groundwater aquifers is not safe despite claims from the industry.

"Fracking is both unnecessary and clear danger to our environment. Maidstone Greens will fight fracking wherever it happens."


Notes:

  1. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/16/government-makes-outrageous-u-turn-over-fracking-in-precious-wildlife-sites
  2. https://shareweb.kent.gov.uk/Documents/environment-and-planning/environment-and-climate-change/water%20summit/state-of-water.pdf
  3. http://maps.environment-agency.gov.uk/wiyby/wiybyController?x=357683.0&y=355134.0&scale=1&layerGroups=default&ep=map&textonly=off&lang=_e&topic=groundwater#x=586071&y=149580&lg=1,10,&scale=5
  4. http://apps.environment-agency.gov.uk/wiyby/37833.aspx
  5. SSSI map available here: http://www.magic.gov.uk/MagicMap.aspx
  6. BGS survey of shale reserves here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/313702/BGS_DECC_JurassicWealdShale_study_2014_MAIN_REPORT_LOW_RES.pdf