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Celtique Energie's fracking proposal rejected by UK council

London-based oil and gas exploration firm Celtique Energie, plan to drill for shale gas in southern England failed to receive county government approval on Tuesday.

West Sussex County Council's planning committee rejected the firm's application for permission to explore for oil and gas in Wisborough Green for three years, citing concerns about noise and the impact on the environment

In a statement Councillor Heidi Brunsdon, chairman of the committee said:

"There were simply too many highways issues and other issues of concern for any decision other than refusal in this instance,"

Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside.

Fracking has received a lot of public opposition in Britain due to its impact on the environmental, including protests last year against Cuadrilla Resources when it was getting ready to drill a well in West Sussex.

Fracking and noise pollution

The fracking process creates a tremendous amount of noise at the drilling site; in addition there is noise from truck traffic and noise from the workers. Gas compressor stations, which result from the need to transport the gas into pipelines, create additional noise. The peaceful quiet of a rural community is irrevocably shattered immediately after a drilling company sets up and begins fracking.

Paul Gooch, CEO Sonobex comments:

"Fracking continues to be controversial, despite the recent approval from Government. The patented noise reduction technology developed by Sonobex would allay some of the noise pollution fears and provide immediate reductions in noise levels created by drilling. By applying our next generation solutions to global noise problems, our ranges of acoustic enclosures are a perfect fit for high noise industrial scenarios."

He went on to say:

"If fracking wells are set to be critical in establishing whether shale gas can be commercially produced in Britain, then appropriate noise control solutions need to be considered now by the energy companies, to help reduce opposing views from people who live near proposed extraction sites."

Sonobex design and produce next generation noise reduction solutions, with a patented technology for applications in acoustic barriers, enclosures and bespoke engineering designs.

Sectors include:

  • Power & Distribution Transformers
  • Compressors and Pumps
  • Gas Turbines
  • Extraction Units
  • Industrial Engineering Applications such as fracking



Allen Stewart