The Dever Society’s AGM will take place on Tuesday 31st March 2015 at 7:30pm in the Northbrook Hall, Micheldever. The formal business of the AGM will be dealt with swiftly and followed by an informative talk on the contentious issue of fracking.
Our guest speaker for the evening will be Edward Dawson, trustee of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Hampshire, former South East Regional Director and London Director. We are very grateful to Edward for stepping in at the last minute to replace Caroline Dibden who was due to speak to us on this subject. Details of Edward’s talk are below, and a Q&A session will follow.
All are welcome to join us on 31st March, whether members of the Dever Society or not. Wine and nibbles will be served after the talk.
Energy and the Countryside – should be worried about fracking?
The development of shale gas became a controversial issue over the past year. It is important for Hampshire as some of the best sites in the county for exploration using hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) are in the two national parks, though government has reiterated the need to grant licences in designated areas in ‘exceptional circumstances’.
CPRE has suggested three criteria by which licence applications should be judged:
1. Avoidance of severe impacts on the landscape;
2. The need for proper public consultation and consideration of environmental impacts through the planning system;
3. Maintaining progress towards climate change targets, which could be undermined by the pursuit for shale gas.
This talk will set out the issues and background in an open manner. It will be informative and allow the listener to make up their own minds.