We were very proud to see our directors’ youngest daughter, Elsy Beales, in the press recently, following her collected petition against the impact of recent oil drilling in Poole Bay. Elsy single-handedly collected more than 220 signatures on a petition, having influenced her friends at St Mark’s School and local residents to join her campaign. She then met with Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns to hand over the petition.
Elsy and our director, Molly, urged Mr Burns to keep up the pressure on the government to stop the drilling taking place by Corallian Energy and their operating partners.
Molly said: “Elsy was so keen to get a petition together on this issue because she felt a sense of injustice that residents of Bournemouth and Poole were not consulted on the oil drilling in Poole Bay and she wanted to prove that the vast majority of people in the area were opposed to it due to the problem of chemicals and pollution entering the sea, in addition to the risk of an oil spill.“
“She was so upset to hear that there has been an usually high number of sea mammal deaths since the drilling began and was concerned that the residents of Bournemouth and Poole would not be able to enjoy swimming in the sea without worries of pollution, in addition to the detrimental effects on local businesses and tourism. Something we have been discussing as a family, which she then presented to her fellow school councillors at school.“
Since their interaction, Mr Burns has handed Elsy’s petition to Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Energy.
Molly added: “Even though the oil rig has now been removed, Corallian Energy are proposing to extract oil through a horizontal pipeline from the shore so the problems of pollution in the water and the high risk of an oil spill in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty remain unchanged and continue to be detrimental to the people of Bournemouth and Poole, sea life, as well as being bad for local businesses and tourism.“