Radioactive waste disposal allowed to continue at oil site in national park.

DRILL OR DROP?

An oil company has won consent to continue the disposal of liquid radioactive waste in the South Downs National Park. IGas Singleton oil site in West Sussex. Photo: IGas Opponents of the industry have criticised the decision, which will allow fluid from oil production to be injected into a borehole at IGas’s Singleton site, nearChichester, in West Sussex. Philip Maber, who lives near the site, said:

“This operation seriously threatens our chalk aquifer with forever contamination and is also the biggest single source of carbon-based emissions in West Sussex. “I feel guilty and frustrated at how little our community and country understand the urgency for change.”

The consent, granted by the Environment Agency (EA), allows IGas to inject up to 80m3 per day (more than 17,500 imperial gallons). If IGas injected the maximum every day, there would be enough liquid to fill an Olympic swimming pool in about a month. The campaign network, the Weald Action Group, said today:

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