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Latest: Jan. 29, 2019
Thank you so very much for rallying to our cause. We've had pledges large and small, each and every one greatly appreciated. We only need to raise a final £2,000 to pay our lega…Read more
We are calling for a Judicial Review of Lincolnshire County Council's decisions 14/5/2018 to allow two exploratory oil wells, within and on the edge of The Lincolnshire Wolds AONB, at Biscathorpe and North Kelsey.
The Biscathorpe well site is in the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB and home to the River Bain, a system of protected chalkstreams - one of only 200 in the world. The Operator has consent to discharge treated site fluid into this delicate protected chalkstream.
The North Kelsey well site is a quiet peaceful haven where you can listen to skylarks singing and spot barn owls, linnets, lapwings and many other birds who nest and roost in the surrounding farmland. An otter has been recently spotted.
The two sites are connected by the Viking Way a popular long distance public foot path stretching across the country. The surrounding areas have delicate water systems, and there are many people and animals who rely directly on the aquifers.
This area has naturally low water resources. We cannot let invasive and dangerous drilling practices imperil our water resource!!
The possibility of irreversible damage to the aquifers is a threat to the surrounding ecosystem, agriculture and wildlife, the effects downstream pose similar concerns. Lincolnshire has a long history of oil wells, but those used traditional 'nodding donkeys' that were far less harmful and invasive than the new generation of onshore oil and gas extraction methods.
These methods involve deep drilling (approximately 2 km deep in our case), and possibly directional and deviated drilling. Production stage can involve well stimulation methods to extract oil and gas where the reserves are difficult to access and oil does not naturally flow to the surface. Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking) and Acidisation are examples of these well stimulation methods. Oil in sandstone formations can be targeted this way.
Onshore oil and gas operations are dangerous and polluting at every stage including the exploratory drilling phase. Not least is the flaring of waste gas containing multiple toxins and carcinogens. Production stage involves mechanical and chemical procedures which are hazardous and poorly regulated. These pose threats to human health and wildlife habitats, bringing negative impacts to the environment locally and globally.
Allowing this kind of industry into our precious rural spaces was given inadequate consideration. We know it is time to bring all fossil fuel activity to a stop! Please we ask for your help in this urgent appeal. If we raise £15,000 by the end of the month we can submit our case - already prepared - that exploration for oil, with potentially invasive production methods ahead, SHOULD NOT BE PERMITTED HERE.
S.O.S Biscathorpe & FOMAD
Jan. 29, 2019
Thank you so very much for rallying to our cause. We've had pledges large and small, each and every one greatly appreciated. We only need to raise a final £2,000 to pay our legal fees.
It has been a long hard struggle made much easier to bear by all your messages of love, support and solidarity. One last time please help us reach our final target. With love and solidarity Elizabeth x.
S.O.S Biscathorpe & FOMAD
Jan. 7, 2019
Very urgent, please help!
Dear friends and supporters,
Wishing you a Healthy Hopeful 2019. Thank you for all your amazing generosity so far, it has been totally heartwarming.
Our LEGAL CASE [against Lincolnshire County Council for allowing new oilfield expansion at the heart of Lincolnshire Wolds AONB, next to a protected chalk-stream, at a time of Climate Change imperatives] proceeded as far as possible but did not get over the final hurdle.
We have until 12th January to pay the final £4,000 otherwise a Court Order will be issued on the 15th January.
As you can imagine, this dilemma is taking up a lot of our time and energy please help us one last time. Please take the time to share our page with five friends and donate what you can. ( https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/sos-biscathorpe-fomad-funding/ )
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