Solstice 2017


Summer Solstice over  Frack Free Chew Valley

The summer solstice in the Chew Valley started with the possibility of the Conservative Party manifesto commitment to change the planning law for shale applications so that “non-fracking drilling will be treated as permitted development“.  The legal definition of “hydraulic fracturing” is very specific and “non-fracking” covers a multitude of sins. However, later in the morning the Queen’s Speech omitted to mention unconventional gas so it seems that this proposed legislation will not reach the statute book any time soon.  There is no national or local mandate for it, let’s keep it that way.


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