by adamboyden on 3 October, 2013
Next steps: A cross-party working group of Mendip Councillors is being set up to implement the resolution of the Motion, with the first meeting in early December.
– Text of agreed motion: Mendip District Council, 30 September 2013 meeting: see ‘Updating – Motion on Fracking’: http://www.mendip.gov.uk/article/2733/Monday-30-September-2013
– Somerset County Council Minerals Topic Paper on oil and gas (published late August 2013): http://www.somerset.gov.uk/irj/public/council/initiatives/initiative?rid=/wpccontent/Sites/SCC/Web%20Pages/Council/Initiatives/Oil%20and%20gas
– BBC Somerset radio interview on Matt Faulkner’s Drive time show, with cllrs Harvey Siggs (Conservative leader of Mendip) and Adam Boyden, Tues 1st October, (interview starts 1 hr 15 mins into the programme): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01gssmj
– Frome Times article: http://www.frometimes.co.uk/2013/10/08/frome-councillors-success-over-fracking-concerns/
– Frack Free Somerset’s article: http://www.frackfreesomerset.org/2013/10/01/mendip-district-council-fracking-motion-unanimously-adopted/– thanks for the mention!
– Gas Field Free Mendip’s article: http://www.gasfieldfreemendip.org/?p=1237: “Members of the public, applied geologist Gareth Thomas from Integrale, representatives of Gas Field Free Mendip and Frack Free Somerset spoke at the meeting on the unsuitability of the local geology for the fracking process, alternative sources of energy, the dangers to our environment and our health from methane and fracking pollutants, the vast amounts of water used in the process, the adverse impacts on communities where fracking has already taken place and how Mendip’s caves might act as a means of dispersing pollutants from drilling, fracking fluid storage and transportation further afield and into our springs and reservoirs.
Our Mendip District Councillors should be congratulated on the admirable way in which they put their political differences aside to rally behind their worthy motion. Together with the similar motion passed by BANES a few weeks ago this sends a strong message to the Government on the need to consider local geology, infrastructure and views on this contentious subject.”
– Frack Free Chew Valley: http://frackfreecv.wordpress.com/2013/10/02/mendip-district-council-fracking-motion/
– Gareth Thomas’ statement to Mendip District Council, read out at the meeting, is repeated below:
“I am a chartered geologist with 40 years experience. I have read widely about onshore exploitation of shale gas, coal bed methane and hydraulic fracturing techniques.
This year I gave 10 talks in Somerset community halls, explaining these topics from an independent technical viewpoint. The polarised political arguments the subject engenders are not of interest to me. First and foremost, I am an applied scientist, born and educated in Somerset. For much of my professional career I have studied the local geology, and have also worked widely overseas.
The specific geotechnical and hydrogeological concerns I have with proposals for unconventional gas in Mendip and nearby, include:
I welcome the Energy Minerals Topic Paper prepared by Somerset County Council and the other working group members, as an initial assessment, and I also welcome the combined Motion being discussed this evening I confirm I support the Motion.
GG Thomas, 30th September 2013″
– ThisisSomerset/ Frome Standard article: http://www.thisissomerset.co.uk/Mendip-Lib-Dems-government-listen-concerns-local/story-19846708-detail/story.html#axzz2hJJSR8Is