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Green campaigners welcome pack-up order for drillers at South Downs National Park beauty spot

Markwells Wood on a summer evening in 2013, Credit: South Downs National Park Authority.

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 22nd March 2018

 

CAMPAIGNERS from Friends of the Earth have welcomed news United Kingdom Oil and Gas (UKOG) drillers have been asked to leave a beauty spot at the South Downs National Park.

As previously reported, the firm had announced plans to acid frack from four wells at Markwells Wood, near Rowlands Castle – but were served a notice to pack up their equipment and restore the site last week.

Brenda Pollack, from Friends of the Earth, said: ‘This appears to be the nail in the coffin for UKOG at Markwells Wood and something local residents will really welcome. It’s shocking that this site within ancient woodland and the South Downs National Park should even have a government license for oil exploration.’

Joy for campaigners as oil drillers are told to leave South Downs National Park

Campaigners from the Markwells Wood Watch at one of their meetings in 2017, Picture by Emily Mott

Published in the Portsmouth News on 22nd March 2018

 

CAMPAIGNERS are celebrating a long-awaited victory after oil drillers were told to pack up and leave a regional beauty spot.

Markwells Wood Watch has spent the past two years locking horns with UK Oil and Gas (Ukog) over its plans to extract fuel from four wells at the South Downs National Park.

The firm had earmarked an acidisation site at Forestside near Rowlands Castle, but has now been told to remove its equipment and restore the area by the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA).

Emily Mott, of Markwells Wood Watch, said: ‘Markwells Wood is an ancient woodland in the middle of a national park.

‘We are absolutely thrilled that Ukog has been told to withdraw all their equipment and restore the site.’

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Havant-campaign group raise awareness about single-use plastic waste

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 16th March 2018

 

A CAMPAIGN group is working to raise awareness about plastic waste.

Havant Friends of the Earth said it would join forces with groups Surfers Against Sewage and Final Straw, to promote the reduction in the use of single-use plastic across the borough.

Sue Holt, coordinator for Havant Friends of the Earth said at the group’s latest annual general meeting: ‘Plastic waste is choking our rivers and streams and killing wildlife in our seas.

‘In just one week the USA alone discards enough plastic bottles to go round the planet five times.

‘Plastic waste is a public enemy’

We responded to Havant Borough Council’s Draft Local Plan 2036 with serious concerns about the significant loss of green space and impact of development on the quality of clean air and water.’

At the meeting the group said has been active throughout the year with talks and films on bats, bees and sustainability, as well as manning information stalls at public events.

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