Veteran environment correspondent Geoffrey Lean is to chair a meeting between the Environment Agency and Balcombe residents about the risks of fracking.
Regulators at the Environment Agency have agreed to send a team to Balcombe to tell residents about their role in controlling unconventional oil and gas exploration including fracking.
The meeting has been arranged by Balcombe Parish Council and will cover how the EA is safeguarding the people and
the environment from risks associated with exploration.
The chairman will be Geoffrey Lean, Britain’s longest-serving environmental correspondent whose 40-year career has included spells on the Observer, the Independent, the Daily Mail and the New Statesman. He is currently Contributing Editor (Environment) of the Daily Telegraph.
In a letter to be delivered shortly to all Balcombe households, parish council chairman Alison Stevenson writes: “As I am sure you know, your parish council is committed to providing Balcombe residents with information from reliable sources on all aspects of Cuadrilla’s activities at Lower Stumble, and this meeting is intended for Balcombe residents. Only ticket holders will be admitted, and the number of tickets is limited by the capacity of the venue.”
To attend the meeting people will have to register an address in Balcombe.
The meeting is on Wednesday October 9 and will be held in St Mary’s Church, the building within the village with the greatest capacity.
Residents who want to attend must apply for free tickets by telephoning parish clerk Rosemary Robertson (01444 811833) between 9am and 12noon on any day between Monday September 16 and 23 inclusive. Applicants will have to give an address in Balcombe to which tickets will be delivered.
Tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis, with a maximum of two tickets being allocated to
any one address.