Residents against oil drilling on the Isle of Wight met for the launch of the ‘Don’t Drill The Wight’ campaign in Merstone at the weekend, urging Islanders to object to the planning application for a drilling site closeby.
Over 40 people attended the meeting, wearing masks and keeping socially distant, to hear the latest news about the proposal by UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) to build a well pad, access road for HGVs and large security compound on agricultural land off the Arreton to Newport road.
Those in attendance discussed their concerns about noise and light pollution, HGVs and tankers accessing the site, the risk of spillage of toxic materials and the damage to wildlife habitat.
Steve Davis, from Don’t Drill The Wight said:
“It was encouraging to see so many people signing up to this campaign to ensure that the Isle of Wight does not become a site for oil drilling. This application contains a number of risks to our wildlife, agricultural land and water supply. If one well is drilled, then it is likely that many more will follow. We urge islanders to get in touch, raise awareness and most importantly to object to these proposals to the IW Council.”
The next meeting is planned to be at Merstone Station on Saturday 11th July at 11:00.
For more information visit www.dontdrillthewight.co.uk.