Oil company to drill in ancient Sussex woodland
Conservationists reacted angrily today to Sussex county Sussex County may mean:
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Protected areas of the Douth Downs.
Northern Petroleum was granted a temporary three-year consent to test in Markswell Wood in the village of Forestdale, near Chichester. Council officers said that there was a "clear and overriding need" for oil exploration but that the company would have to seek further permission to extract oil.
But the Woodland Trust condemned the decision saying it was "an act of vandalism". "Markswell Wood is 11 hectares of ancient woodland within the beautiful Sussex Downs area of outstanding natural beauty An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is an area of countryside with significant landscape value in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, that has been specially designated by the Countryside Agency on behalf of the United Kingdom government; the Countryside Council for Wales . The council has given the go-ahead for the initial destruction of a hectare of ancient woodland, the richest habitat for species in the UK, the UK's equivalent of rainforests.
"The complex undisturbed soils are irreplaceable and once destroyed, are lost forever. This is a worrying example of local government putting the search for money before safeguarding irreplaceable natural heritage."
Chichester district council, the South Downs South Downs: see Downs, North, chalk hills, England. joint committee and Friends of the Earth have also said they are against the plan, but the government's statutory advisers, Natural England Natural England is a Non-Departmental Public Body of the UK government. It was formed (vested) on 1 October 2006. It is responsible for ensuring that England's natural environment, including its land, flora and fauna, freshwater and marine environments, geology and soils, are and the Environment Agency, have not objected.
The south coast of England is known to have several small scale onshore oil deposits, the largest of which by far is at Wych farm in Dorset. BP Exploration operates this oilfield in Purbeck, producing approximately 85,000 barrels of oil a day. This is Western Europe's largest onshore field.
There have continual explorations for oil off the Isle of Wight Noun 1. Isle of Wight - an isle and county of southern England in the English Channel
county - (United Kingdom) a region created by territorial division for the purpose of local government; "the county has a population of 12,345 people" and the Dorset coast with plans at one stage for an artificial island to be constructed in the English channel English Channel, Fr. La Manche [the sleeve], arm of the Atlantic Ocean, c.350 (560 km) long, between France and Great Britain. It is 112 mi (180 km) wide at its west entrance, between Land's End, England, and Ushant, France. Its greatest width, c. .
The soaring price of oil, which last week reached a record £62 a barrel, has made the development of "micro" oilfields potentially viable.