Stop Drilling in National Parks

Target: Margaret Paren, Chair of South Downs National Park Authority

Goal: Stop proposed drilling and pollution in national parks like England’s South Downs Park

A national park has been targeted for an especially destructive form of natural gas drilling, called fracking. South Downs, in England, is a potential drilling site for the natural gas company Celtique Energie. This company must not be allowed to drill in or around the pristine environment of South Downs.

South Downs is England’s newest National Park, and was designated in April of 2011. The park is 628 miles of beautiful, lush green landscape, complete with views of the English Channel and bordering cliffs that were formed during the last ice age. Humans, diverse plant species and animals call the park home: 108,000 people live within the park’s boundary. There are also otters, barn owls and brown trout, carnivorous plants, and 400-year-old forests, among many other species that inhabit the area. South Downs is home to many species that cannot be found anywhere else on earth.

This remarkable national park is thriving with life and tourism, but that is not to say that it is not vulnerable. Allowing Celtique Energie to frack in the area will subject the wildlife, ecosystems, soil purity, ancient forests, air quality and the human population to unnecessary and dangerous pollution. Non-renewable resources need to be left alone, deep within the earth, in order to protect future generations. Humans cannot continue to expose our fragile atmosphere to dirty energy pollution; we must look towards renewable energy and never look back.

Sign this petition to urge the South Downs National Park Authority to keep the health of the land its primary goal. Stop drilling in the world’s national parks.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Margaret Paren,

South Downs National Park is home to thousands of interesting species, including barn owls, carnivorous plants and humans. England takes pride in its national parks and, per the Environment Act of 1995, vows to “conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area.” I believe that I am speaking for the majority of people when I say that allowing companies to drill for oil or natural gas within South Downs does nothing to enhance the beauty or health of the area.

If Celtique Energie were allowed to drill for natural gas in South Downs, the ecosystems and atmosphere will be changed forever. Drilling here will put many species at risk of contamination, as well as produce more harmful greenhouse gases. Humans must move away from harmful, dirty and untrustworthy fossil fuels. The risk of polluting the park and those that depend on it is not worth a finite amount of natural gas.

I urge you to not allow natural gas drilling to take place within South Downs National Park. We must encourage clean energy; using every bit of natural gas and oil until the last drops are spent will leave the earth in a catastrophic state. Please be a positive change for South Downs, and the world.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. I wrote directly to the ‘South Downs National Park Authority’ about this matter, and I received a reply a few days ago. It appears that they changed the scope of work as follows, – or at this point, more accurately: the proposal: “Please note that the proposal has been revised by the applicants and the horizontal borehole has been removed from the development”.
    However, the planned scope of work is still: “The installation of a well and associated infrastructure, including access road and soil bunds, for the drilling of a vertical borehole for the exploration, testing and evaluation of hydrocarbons for a temporary period of three years.”

    You can comment on this on-line (from Tuesday May 6th), objecting to ANY drilling in this beautiful Natural Park!
    Here is the link: http://planningpublicaccess.southdowns.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=MXND0MTU01X00

    On this link you can also read and view all documents (comments, etc.) re. this case! It is also possible to go in person to the South Down National Park Authority to view the application from May 12th!

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