Fisher German and seismic surveys
Fisher German estate agents have been sending out a letter to householders across Nottinghamshire saying that Fisher German Priestner are working on behalf of INEOS Upstream to deliver seismic surveys. INEOS have been given licenses across Nottinghamshire, from Ashfield district, to Mansfield district, to Bassetlaw district as well as the area around Sherwood Forest. Find out more about INEOS using the menu item above.
Fisher German’s actions are bizarre considering that fracking is associated with a damage to housing and real estate markets. Are they not aware that according to figures from a government report that was released after a Freedom of Information request last year house prices within one mile of a fracking site might fall by 7%? https://www.gov.uk/government/
This has been confirmed by surveys of estate agents in areas that could be affected by fracking. A report of a survey of estate agents that was reported in the Telegraph last year found more than half of the 60 surveyed feared that fracking would reduce sales. Indeed there were already cases of people pulling out of sales. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/
That’s not to mention the effect on insurance. The Defra Report that was released said
“Properties located within a 1 – 5 mile radius of the fracking operation may also incur an additional cost of insurance to cover losses in case of explosion on the site.” and “Such an event would clearly have social impacts,”
According to Frack Free Notts the reasons for the fall in house prices is the anticipation and then experience of a lower quality of life and health risks. They point out that the report by Defra, that the government tried to keep secret, acknowledges that fracking “can affect human health indirectly through consumption of contaminated wildlife, livestock, or agricultural products”.
Noise and light pollution from rigs could also lead to problems, the internal Defra report acknowledges. It says: “Some residents may experience deafening noise; light pollution that affects sleeping patterns.”
“Noxious odours from venting gases can also impact on air quality for local residents,” it adds.
Truck movements to and from the site – about 14 to 51 journeys a day over a period of weeks – could also impact air pollution and noise.
And if you have resulting health problems you might find your local services stretched with the additional demand from the influx of fracking workers.
The other point is FGP are offering £200 for access to land – which is a clear bribe to allowing them access. And as mentioned above, the Defra report shows that house prices will fall as a result of fracking, therefore the £200 is nothing compared to how much house prices will fall by in the area.
Also interesting is that Fisher German have a 50% stake in FGP.
Fisher German Priestner’s chairman is also a managing partner of Fisher German – Robert Andrew Jackson.
He is also a past onshore panel chairman of The Pipeline Industry Guilds Limited.
“The Guild’s membership comprises those with interests in pipelines world-wide, transporting hydrocarbon products, chemicals, water, wastewater, and many other substances, both on and offshore.”
It has to be said that it does not appear that he is currently involved in the pipeline guild, but being a chairman of the onshore panel in the past, and now having a 50% stake in a company involved in securing land for fracking companies, gives us cause for concern.