Wiltshire is not for sale

Anti-fracking campaigners Becky Martin and Clive Humphries unveil a banner at Avebury

Anti-fracking campaigners Becky Martin and Clive Humphries unveil a banner at Avebury

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An action group set up to stop fracking in Wiltshire is prepared to do anything peaceful to stop land in the county being dug up.

Keep Wiltshire Frack Free held a meeting at The Bear Hotel, Devizes, on Wednesday to discuss lawful rebellion.

The group was started last year by Clive Humphries who lives on a canal boat which he moves between Devizes and Gt Bedwyn.

He said: “Under the new bidding round for licences the whole of Wiltshire is basically up for sale. We think the area most likely to be threatened is the north east of the county, possibly around Malmesbury.

“We will be keeping close tabs on information and if we hear anything which suggests fracking is likely in the county we will start by holding meetings to get local people involved.

“I have been involved in fracking camps in other parts of the country and I would not be afraid to set one up here. We would resist in a peaceful manner.”

But the Government says that the new bidding round for licences, announced last week and the first for six years, is stricter than before and anyone applying to frack near beauty spots will have additional obligations.

Fracking involves blasting water, chemicals and sand at high pressure into shale rock to release the gas and oil held inside.

Planning permission may be granted in National Parks, the Broads and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty if “it can be demonstrated they are in the public interest”.

Eric Pickles, the communities secretary, will have the right to overturn planning decisions, if they do not satisfy the government's criteria.

See Facebook page KWIFF.

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10:17am Sat 9 Aug 14

moonrakin wurzel says...

The Wiltshire Times gives idjuts like this uncritical space and seemingly makes no effort at balance.

Wiltshire is for sale eh?

BS on a stick.
The Wiltshire Times gives idjuts like this uncritical space and seemingly makes no effort at balance. Wiltshire is for sale eh? BS on a stick. moonrakin wurzel
  • Score: 17

8:09pm Mon 11 Aug 14

moonrakin wurzel says...

ooh! is three thumbs down all the massed ranks of 650+ KWIFF "members" can manage?

Producing natural gas from shale uses a techniques broadly known as well stimulation - one of which - is called hydraulic fracturing (snappily labelled fracking by eco activists). It is not controversial (except in environmentalists' minds), and not unconventional as it's been happening in the US and elsewhere for ~50 years.

The question is: do we want a reliable domestic gas supply, generating tax receipts, with wells that, once established, are small and can be well hidden to make them discrete, or large swathes of rural land and near-shore ocean covered with unreliable wind turbines, consuming taxes via subsidies, that stand out like sore thumbs and have now well documented health impacts? Or... acres of similarly subsidised photovoltaic panels which as per windmills are erratic, cause problems with distribution and are still wildly expensive.

Wind and solar are the totems of the eco movement - make no mistake about that. Other things provide more efficiency for less money (no subsidy in fact) - but they're not as visible.

The anti-frack brigade are either well meaning but ignorant "useful idiots" or liars, dissemblers and political extremists looking to help themselves from your taxes....
ooh! is three thumbs down all the massed ranks of 650+ KWIFF "members" can manage? Producing natural gas from shale uses a techniques broadly known as well stimulation - one of which - is called hydraulic fracturing (snappily labelled fracking by eco activists). It is not controversial (except in environmentalists' minds), and not unconventional as it's been happening in the US and elsewhere for ~50 years. The question is: do we want a reliable domestic gas supply, generating tax receipts, with wells that, once established, are small and can be well hidden to make them discrete, or large swathes of rural land and near-shore ocean covered with unreliable wind turbines, consuming taxes via subsidies, that stand out like sore thumbs and have now well documented health impacts? Or... acres of similarly subsidised photovoltaic panels which as per windmills are erratic, cause problems with distribution and are still wildly expensive. Wind and solar are the totems of the eco movement - make no mistake about that. Other things provide more efficiency for less money (no subsidy in fact) - but they're not as visible. The anti-frack brigade are either well meaning but ignorant "useful idiots" or liars, dissemblers and political extremists looking to help themselves from your taxes.... moonrakin wurzel
  • Score: 17

2:55am Tue 26 Aug 14

moonrakin wurzel says...

KWIFF won't come to the WT comments and are now writing "letters to the editor" which don't have comments ... where they can keep spouting their ignorant / dishonest eco sock puppetry without fear of immediate embarrassment.
KWIFF won't come to the WT comments and are now writing "letters to the editor" which don't have comments ... where they can keep spouting their ignorant / dishonest eco sock puppetry without fear of immediate embarrassment. moonrakin wurzel
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