Friday, 18 September 2015

Kent County Council is consulting on fracking (again)

KCC are consulting on modifications to their Minerals and Waste Strategy including the section on fracking and unconventional hydrocarbons:

Planning permission will be granted for proposals associated with the exploration, appraisal and development of oil, gas (including shale gas and natural gas), coal-bed methane, abandoned mine methane and unconventional hydrocarbons underground coal seam gasification subject to: 
1. Well sites and associated facilities being sited, so far as is practicable, to minimise impacts on the environment and communities 
2. Ddevelopments taking place in appropriate being locatedions where the proposals do not have an unacceptable adverse impact upon the local environment or communities outside Protected Groundwater Source Areas;(144); 
3. there being no unacceptable adverse impacts (in terms of quantity and quality) upon sensitive water receptors including groundwater, water bodies and wetland habitats 
4. all other environmental and amenity impacts being mitigated to ensure that there is no unacceptable adverse impact on the local environment or communities 
5. exploration and appraisal operations being for an agreed, temporary length of time 
6. the drilling site and any associated land being restored to a high quality standard and appropriate after-use that supports reflects the local landscape character at the earliest practicable opportunity 
7. it being demonstrated that greenhouse gases associated with fugitive emissions from the exploration, testing and production activities will not lead to unacceptable adverse environmental impacts 

Make sure you have your say! Also, please sign this 38 Degrees petition and join the West Kent Against Fracking group.

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