MP welcomes Celtique Energie announcement

Commenting on Celtique Energie's decision not to appeal against West Sussex County Council's refusal to grant the company permission for exploratory drilling between Kirdford and Wisborough Green, Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert said:

"This is great news for the communities who would have been affected by this drilling.  The site was poorly chosen and would have meant lorries thundering down quiet county lanes and through villages. 

“That is why I objected to this application on behalf of local communities.  The South Downs is a highly protected landscape for good reason, and the Government has rightly now set a presumption against fracking in or adjacent to National Parks.  The industry must choose locations more carefully if it is to win public support for fracking in future.”



Notes for Editors

1. Celtique Energie's announcement can be found here:

2.  Nick Herbert formally objected to Celtique Energie's application to drill between Wisborough Green and Kirdford and was due to appear before the Planning Inspector to reiterate his concerns.

Michelle Taylor