Fracking firm Cuadrilla must obtain a mining waste permit and a radioactive substances permit before it can carry out test drilling at Balcombe in Sussex, the Environment Agency said today (Monday 17 June 2013). The move follows a legal letter from Friends of the Earth and concerns expressed by local residents.
Local residents, who will be consulted about the licence applications, now have further opportunities to raise concerns about Cuadrilla's plans in Balcombe.
Friends of the Earth Energy Campaigner Tony Bosworth said:
"We're delighted the Environment Agency has listened to our concerns and tightened up its regulations on Cuadrilla's test drilling in Sussex.
"But despite the threat it poses to local communities, our environment and the climate, the risk of fracking still hangs over local people across the UK.
"Shale gas and oil will do little to tackle soaring fuel bills – Ministers must get the economy off its fossil fuel addiction and build a clean energy future we can all afford."
Some seem to view this as good news (http://www.nohotair.co.uk/gas-guru-blog/shale-gas-2012/2525-good-shale-news-buried-in-balcombe), others see it as a real danger to the local people and environment.