Anti oil well campaigners to hold public meeting TONIGHT

Anti oil well campaigners to hold public meeting TONIGHT

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:32am 27th February 2020. (Updated at 7:34am 27th February 2020)

A public meeting's being held tonight over plans for an oil well near Puddletown.

The meeting has been organised by the local branch of Extinction Rebellion.

The want to send a message to Dorset Council to reject the proposal being brought by South Western Energy LTD.

An exploratory rig, if approved, will be in action immediately north of Waterbarn Cottages and to the east of Bardolf Manor off the Puddletown to Blandford Road.

If it finds sufficient oil it could be in operation for up to 25 years with tankers travelling daily to Fawley refinery.

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'Objections'

Anti oil well campaigners fear tankers will be routed down a bridleway.

They also believe damage will be caused to the natural environment and the pollutants such as methane and carbon dioxide will be released during the extraction phase.

A final decision will be made by Dorset Council together with applications also being made to the Environment Agency.

A spokesperson from Dorset Council said:

"The application will be assessed and considered in due course having regard to adopted local plan policies, national planning policy guidance and any other material considerations, including representations from stakeholders."

Tonight's meeting is taking place at Puddletown Village Hall and starts at 7.30pm.