Rogate Parish Council talks ‘fracking’

ROGATE Parish Council is to host a public meeting about ‘fracking’.

It will be held at 6.30pm on Sunday (December 15), in Rogate Village Hall.

The public meeting, ‘Facts about Fracking’, is to inform parishioners and residents of other Rother Valley parishes between Petersfield and Midhurst about the technological facts and environmental implications of shale gas extraction in this part of the National Park.

No planning application has, to date, been submitted for Rogate or the neighbouring parishes, so the parish council believes that now is the right moment to have an evidence-based and impartial public debate.

The aim is to present all viewpoints in an accurate and accessible way and lead on to an informed discussion.

The oil and gas industry perspective will be presented by Peter Carson, a drilling engineer who has many years professional experience of fracking and deep water drilling round the world.

The potential impact of fracking operations on the geology and groundwater of the Rother headwaters will be addressed by hydrologist Graham Warren, who was recently commissioned by the campaign for the Protection of Rural England to write ‘A Water Resource Strategy for the South East of England’.

This will be followed by resident John Buchanan who will give his understanding of what fracking may mean for the National Park.