Birdingbury residents have organised a community meeting. This will be at 8pm in the Village Hall on Wednesday 6th November, it is scheduled to last around an hour. We will be doing a UCG specific presentation with a focus on the plan for Warwickshire.
On the subject of community and public meetings - Until the County wide umbrella organisation is finalised, if you live in the license zone (or anywhere outside it actually) and you wish to have your own community meeting - can you let us know if you are intending to arrange something on any particular date? This way we can let you know if it clashes with other events and avoids them competing. Besides, we may be able to help you arrange and promote it, help with materials and assist with Questions and Answer's.
Here is a message from Gas Field Free Leamington:
The British government wants to be “a leader of the shale gas revolution” and is offering massive tax breaks to the industry, despite its devastating ecological impacts, especially to groundwater. While nationwide opposition to fracking is growing in Britain, the conflict currently focuses around the small town of Balcombe, 30 miles south of London, where exploratory digging is being blocked by the Balcombe protection camp.
Within the British mainstream media, there have been articles explaining the links between big oil, the government and the dangers of fracking. For instance, it is known that the government’s lead business adviser, Lord Browne, is chairman of Cuadrilla, the fracking company operating in Balcombe.
However, the lords’ and aristocratic landowners’ role has been mainly neglected in the national debate — and for a comprehensive discussion about who stands to gain from fracking in England, it’s crucial to highlight that the potential ‘winners’ include the Lords of the Manor and Queen Elizabeth. She is, after all, the country’s biggest landowner.