Friday, September 13 15:51:40
The UK village at the heart of the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing Balcombe, East Sussex is set to start its own community renewable scheme. Residents are meeting later this month to form Balcombe Energy Coop, a project to install renewable energy in the village.
Fracking is a technique in which typically water is mixed with sand and chemicals, and the mixture is injected at high pressure into a wellbore to create small fractures along which fluids such as gas, petroleum, uranium-bearing solution and water may migrate to the well.
Opponents to the technique point to potential environmental impacts, including contamination of ground water, depletion of fresh water, risks to air quality and noise pollution.
The meeting will take place on Thursday 26th September, 7-9pm and will see presentations by Brighton Energy Coop and the New Economic Foundation. Community Energy Schemes already exist in nearby Lewes, Brighton and Barcombe, with proposals being discussed at Forest Row and Cuckfield.