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Markwells Wood locals photographed in Oct 2016 Markwells Wood locals photographed in Oct 2016 © Markwells Wood Watch

UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) has written to the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) to withdraw their application to drill for oil at Markwells Wood – due to be heard at committee on 11th May 2017.

Kimmeridge Oil & Gas Limited’s (KOGL) has made an application to the Environment Agency (EA) for a variation to their permit for Broadford Bridge 1, Billinghurst, for hydrocarbon exploration. We have written to the EA as part of the public consultation to raise our concerns. We think these changes require a whole new planning application and so have written to West Sussex County Council to make this point.

Friday, 17 March 2017 10:59

Our comments on the draft Joint Minerals Plan

Written by CPRE Sussex

CPRE Sussex has submitted comments on the West Sussex County Council and South Downs National Park draft Joint Minerals Plan.

CPRE Sussex have commented on the West Sussex County Council consultation document: "Draft West Sussex Joint Minerals Local Plan (April 2016)".

Download a copy of our submission below.

Over 30,000 people have already signed this petition: "A bill has been passed that will allow fracking under our national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty. Once underway, this will cause damage to scenery, wildlife, increase pollution in these fragile areas and create congestion on country roads. Sign this petition to save our countryside!"

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Countryside Campaigners in Sussex have reacted angrily to today’s government decision to allow deep fracking under the county’s best loved beauty spots. This afternoon (Dec 16) MPs voted 298 to 261 in favour of allowing drilling at depths of more than 1,200m under sensitive areas like The South Downs National Park and Ashdown Forest.

Thursday, 17 December 2015 19:03

Reply to letter to Amber Rudd

Written by CPRE Sussex

Andrea Leadsom MP, Minister of State, Department of Energy & Climate Change replied on behalf of Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, to letter from David Johnson, Chair, CPRE Sussex. Download the letter below.


Tuesday, 24 November 2015 09:55

Letter: When is a Frack not a Frack?

Written by CPRE Sussex

Letter published by the West Sussex County Times 19 November 2015


When is a Frack not a Frack? When is a Ban not a Ban?

When is a Frack not a Frack? When is a Ban not a Ban? When it comes to the subject of unconventional oil and gas drilling, it seems Ministers are just as confused as the rest of us. One minute fracking is allowed in National Parks, and then it isn’t. A few weeks later and drilling is allowed to take place in National Parks so long as the well pad is constructed just outside the boundary. Despite the mounting pile of conflicting statements issued by Government Ministers and Departments, South Downs MP Nick Herbert stated with some certainty in a recent article that fracking would be banned in our most protected landscapes, though horizontal drilling underneath would still be permitted, but only at great depths. In the past week, DECC have issued another consultation on proposals to restrict drilling in other protected landscapes such as SSSIs (though Ancient Woodland and local designations such as SNCIs still appear to be excluded).

Thursday, 12 November 2015 14:33

Anti-fracking campaign victory

Written by CPRE Sussex

Anti-fracking campaigners in Kirdford and Wisborough are celebrating after the secretary of state for communities and local government ordered fracking company Celtique Energy to pay legal costs.

Draft letter to all Sussex MPs

Dear [ ],

Draft Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing (Protected Zone) Regulations 2015

We are writing to you and all other Sussex constituency MPs to ask you to press the Secretary of State for the Department of Energy & Climate Change to reconsider the proposed scope of these draft regulations.

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