UPDATE – I was wrong, apparently. A colleague heard me on BBC Radio Shropshire at about 5.15 pm yesterday. That’s all I know so far!
I walked over to the community protection group camp yesterday morning to be met by a BBC interviewer with the unlikely name of James Bond. He interviewed most of us there using his handy tape recorder and furry microphone, and this was the result – as far as I know. A reasonable exposure for the camp, it has to be said, but nothing was broadcast as yet about what we said. The report is simply what’s being put out by Dart Energy. There was one sentence I suppose –
As for the attempts being made to eliminate the badgers in the wood behind us by men in black visiting at night, and ensure no planning hiccups before the aquifer is destroyed, no mention was made. http://the-tap.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/dart-energy-illegally-insert-blacked.html
Just behind the hedge in the picture is a stream called the Bryn Daniel. This runs all the way to the Ceiriog and then to the River Dee. To the left of the picture is a stream running right through the proposed drilling site into the Bryn Daniel. The use of 600 chemicals and release of underground radiation from the pumped out water from the old coal seam will make the water used by Chester highly contaminated. Dart claim they will take away all their muck when they’ve finished. Yeah. Right. This is a water destruction exercise, the purpose being to make water a scarce resource. We will need to import and pay dearly for it in the future. In Texas which has been fracked for ten years, the frackers now sell the water.
We particularly asked not to be called protesters, but protectors. There you go. That’s the BBC for you. I’m on the left holding Charlie my eldest. We want him and his children to have fresh clean water, as we do millions of others across the region. All are still asleep, it seems, believing the kind of crap churned out by the main media every day, of which the below is a fine example. A single steel pipe is all that will stand between clean water and permanent destruction of the Shropshire aquifer which sits a few hundred feet underneath our tents, safely protected from the methane below, at the moment. Dart want to end that separation by drilling a hole to connect the two together. The innocuous sounding ‘test drill’ is all they need to achieve this monumental destruction of our most precious resource.