Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Next EKAF Village meeting Eastry 23rd April

The next EKAF Village meeting will be at Eastry Village Hall on Weds 23rd April @ 7:30pm

We have the latest version of ' The truth behind the Dash for Gas' (approx 55mins) & Hydrogeologist Graham Warren of Protect Kent CPRE speaking on the threat to our water presented by unconventional oil & gas

All welcome.

New group in Adisham

Good News! Adisham Against Fracking was set up at a meeting last Thursday, 27th March. 

They have decided they would like to be a satellite group of EKAF and will be sending a member to the EKAF committee meetings, starting on the 30th.

They will be producing flyers to inform residents of their activities and alert them to the risks of fracking.

Monday, 10 March 2014


Barham Hears The Truth About Fracking

A packed community hall in Barham was the scene for some revelations last Wednesday evening (5th March) about how the gas and oil industry might change the face of the Garden of England out of all recognition if they had their way.

East Kent Against Fracking (EKAF) organised the showing of an acclaimed documentary by filmmaker Marco Jackson, The Truth behind the Dash for Gas. The 100-strong audience saw the devastation caused in Queensland, Australia, by the gas industry with their thousands of well-heads dotted across the countryside. They also heard about the industry’s abysmal record of using new fracking technology in the UK so far and the damage caused to the housing market in Blackpool.

Graham Warren, a distinguished hydrogeologist and author of several studies on water resources in the South East, then made a presentation alerting East Kent residents to the specific risks of exploration for gas in the area of the former Kent coalfield, highlighting the impossibility of protecting the aquifer which supplies the whole county with over 70% of its water.

Pat Marsh, EKAF Secretary, then joined Mr Warren to answer questions from the audience at the end of the evening. She pointed out that Coastal Oil and Gas Ltd hold two licences for petroleum exploration and development in the Canterbury District and could apply to drill boreholes at any time.

Those attending the event gave generously to support EKAF’s campaign against the threat of turning “our green and pleasant land” into an uninhabitable toxic wasteland for our children and grandchildren.


Tuesday, 11 February 2014

EKAF public meeting at Barham 5th March

Our next public meeting will be at Barham on  Wednesday, 5th March, 7.30pm, Barham Village Hall, Valley Road, Barham, CT4 6PU 

Film show Faversham: Drill Baby Drill

Swale FOE have a film show of Drill Baby Drill on Monday 3rd March at 8pm at the Royal Cinema Faversham cost £5

9 Market Pl, Town Centre, Faversham ME13 7AG

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Press Release EKAF: Dover votes against Fracking

Dover District Council Votes Unanimously (but one!) to Oppose Fracking

On Wednesday, 27 November 2013 Dover District councillors voted almost unanimously to oppose fracking in our area, which we know to be geologically unsuitable for unconventional gas drilling.

This vote followed a Dover District Council (DDC) Scrutiny Committee hearing on 18 November at which studious citizen activists of Keep Shepherdswell Well and East Kent Against Fracking, along with parish councillors from the front line villages, and hydrogeologist, Graham Warren of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE- Kent), delivered a dozen carefully researched speeches which convinced the Scrutiny Committee to recommend that Dover District Council should oppose fracking.

Several DDC councillors who had attended the Scrutiny hearing praised the efforts of those who had addressed the Nov 18 hearing, and of District Clerk Rebecca Brough, who organised the administration of the Scrutiny Committee’s investigation into fracking. This involved inviting groups with views on the issue from all sides, including major stakeholders like Affinity Water, and of course the applicants themselves, Coastal Oil and Gas Ltd.

Sadly, neither Affinity Water nor CO&G Ltd attended these hearings. Whether this was  because the deliberations of the district council were felt to be beneath their concern, or because they may prefer to take refuge behind legislation that would minimise any responsibility for damage caused by drilling, we cannot say. Certainly, Scrutiny Committee Chair George (Jim) Hood had comments to make about their absence.

Consequently all the arguments before the Scrutiny committee showed that fracking for any unconventional gas extraction through the chalk aquifer under East Kent presents unavoidable risk of irreversible pollution to the area’s primary water resource. Councillors were also convinced by our arguments outlining potential damage in terms of traffic, noise, air pollution, risk to natural habitat and marring of the rural beauty of the area upon which its tourism income is based.

Having heard our case with increasing awareness, DDC councillors were largely unimpressed by the familiar half-truths we have all heard from central government and the gas industry, about ‘no cases of harm caused by fracking’ and the promise of jobs and economic revival through gas exploitation, that were put forward by the one councillor who spoke up against the Scrutiny Committee’s recommendation. It was gratifying to hear councillors using our arguments to rebut his statement.

Keep Shepherdswell Well and East Kent Against Fracking will continue to use this straightforward democratic approach of researching the facts and telling the truth; it seems to be working so far. The difference in our case is that we knew enough to oppose it at parish level before it could go through on the nod. We have an excellent team of committed local residents with an amazingly fortuitous mix of skills and talents for creating a convincing case. Is that enough to stand up to the would-be frackers and the powers that be? Time will tell. For now, all local campaigners can chalk up another victory for the protectors of the chalk aquifer.


Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Breaking news: Dover District Council votes against Fracking

More good news from Kent - Dover District Council votes against fracking

"This Council is concerned by the prospect of fracking and related drilling activity in the Dover District area and requests that a report is brought forward to the next meeting of this Council to inform the Council of the nature of the process, the potential impact on subsurface water resources and geological formations, the type and scale of the surface structures, and the impact of anti-fracking demonstrations in the light of recent experience in Sussex on the local communities and on the police."

Good grounds for going for a frack free zone ?  They said they would pass this on to KCC .  

Good work from the Scrutiny committee, who thanked us again for all the good work we had done......