Monday, 19 August 2013
Except, of course, that there was a point to Greenham. The Yanks had a load of nukes stashed there. Nukes that they controlled not us, based on our soil. I used to live near there. We used to joke in our household that if ever the Russians launched their nukes, we go up to Greenham common and dance around in a circle, naked and singing. Waiting to be vapourised. After all, who wants to survive a nuclear war?
Balcombe is absolutely nothing like that - and if you think otherwise about this bunch of ill-informed eco rabble then you are seriously deluding yourself.
Take a look a this picture :
Well, this particular nodding donkey is based next to the RSPB's Beckingham Nature Reserve in Nottinghamshire. It's been pumping oil out of the ground since 1963.
In fact, you might be surprised to know that in the 13 square miles of the Gainsborough-Beckingham oil field in which the reserve lies, there have been at least 53 fracking operations.
During this time, none of the much hyped armageddon features of fracking have occurred. No wildlife has been driven away. No subsidance has occurred. There have been no earthquakes, no water pollution. Just a whole lot of, well, nothing at all.
And as for the ‘industrialisation of the countryside’, when you approach the small area – about one-50th of an acre – occupied by the well that has been fracked four times, the gentle hum of the 15ft-tall nodding donkey tends to be drowned out by the sound of birdsong.
But since when did facts matter to a bunch of eco-loonies hell bent on a protest?