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UKOG submits new information on South Downs oil drilling – consultation now open

Published on the Drill or Drop? website on the 9th March 


People can now comment on new details of plans to produce oil for 20 years at Markwells Wood in the South Downs National Park.

The company behind the project, UK Oil and Gas Investments PLC, submitted 22 additional documents this week to support its planning application. This was in response to a request by The South Downs National Park Authority, which will decide the application, for more information on impact of the scheme on groundwater, landscape, traffic and wildlife.

A public consultation is now open and runs until Tuesday 28th March. There have been more than 2,000 objectives since the application was submitted in September 2016.

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Talk: The Ecology of Portsdown Hill, by Richard Jones, The area's Countryside Officer

How bad is air pollution in the UK?

By Roger Harrabin


The government must devise a new plan to clean the air after losing two court cases. As part of the So I Can Breathe series, we examine air pollution in the UK. Who is most to blame and what should be done?

How bad is UK air pollution?

Air pollution is a major contributor to ill health in the UK, but it’s hard to say exactly by how much.

Dirty air doesn’t directly kill people. But it’s estimated in the UK to contribute to the shortening of the lives of around 40,000 people a year, principally by undermining the health of people with heart or lung problems.

How accurate are media headlines about 40,000 deaths?

Headlines claiming that pollution kills 40,000 are just wrong – it’s more subtle than that. It’s also wrong to say pollution in the UK is rising.

The 40,000 pollution-related deaths figure is not a count of actual deaths – it’s a statistical construct, with a lot of uncertainty involved.

Government advisers say the 40,000 number might be a sixth as big – or twice as big.

Pollution clearly is a problem, though. And, remember, it doesn’t just contribute to early deaths, it also compromises the health of people suffering from ailments like asthma and hay fever.

Is pollution increasing?

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