VILLAGERS in Westbourne have been debating the controversial topic of fracking.
Companies such as Northern Petroleum, which runs an oil field in Hordean, have applied for extensions to licenses to explore the South Downs National Park. Markwells Wood, near Rowlands Castle, will also be explored for oil and gas.
Northern Petroleum has until March 2015 to complete its investigations and residents say that if the companies then decide to go ahead with fracking, their village and environment would be irreversibly damaged.
Campaign group Frack Free Solent has been raising awareness of the issue.
“They could conceivably be drilling under my house without my permission and that could mean my house is uninsurable,” said Ian Marshall, who lives in Forestside.
“Then there are the concerns of high-volume, heavy-duty traffic. From a community point of view, I’m very concerned about the pollution aspect because it could cause a lot of long-standing health issues.”
The meeting was addressed by Tim Dawes, of Havant Green Party, who said ‘people should be aware of the issue’.