This concerns the planning application that was lodged for land adjacent to my factory and family home – about 350 metres from both as the crow flies. Fortunately the application has been withdrawn when the farmer refused to renew the contract, which had expired. Ian Crane of Fracking Nightmare called the farmer Paul Hickson, our neighbour and farmer of the land where the proposed drilling site lay, and interviewed him on last Monday’s edition.
Hickson advises all farmers approached by energy companies not to sign. He explains why. Farmers and landowners, in particular, take note!
As Ian Crane says, Paul Hickson was very lucky to escape the abomination of being fracked, as are his very grateful neighbours. It was because enough people in the village knew what fracking was, that the whole community was able to activate and work as one to throw off the threat. The reason I knew about fracking was undoubtedly from watching Ian Crane’s videos. We started writing about fracking on here a year before Paul Hickson signed up with the energy company. Shame he didn’t read The Tap, or he wouldn’t have had to go through what he calls three years of stress. We’re all all older and wiser now, and the whole of Shropshire is well alerted to what the industry would like to do to us.
The rest of the edition focuses on contamination. Lancashire’s United Utilities office warned 300,000 people about a contamination of the water supply. In Australia a single coal gasification operation by Linc has contaminated an area of 320 square kilometres. A criminal prosecution is being considered against the company’s officers, while the CEO has left the country. Former employees are bringing actions for compensation for toxicity symptoms, nausea, headaches, stomach problems, and so on.
Paul Hickson starts at about 26 minutes, just after a powerful trailer of Voices From The Gasfields video. The appalling contamination being suffered by the people in the fracked areas is making Southern Queensland uninhabitable.