Useful anti-fracking links
In March 2019 IGas announced that it had found gas-bearing shale at Misson Springs. It already has planning permission for a second exploratory borehole with a horizontal section. It now says it will apply for permission to frack that section. This is being bankrolled by Ineos to the tune of $230m (see interview with IGas CEO). Protests continue. Background >
The first exploratory gas well in Notts has drawn a blank. After just 20 days drilling at Tinker Lane, between Blyth and Barnby Moor in North Notts, IGas announced they couldn't find the Bowland Shale layer. So, no gas means they won't be fracking at this site. This follows months of protest and a number of arrests. See Drill or Drop timeline >
Chemical company Ineos has forced the National Trust to allow 'seismic testing' across Clumber Park. The Trust initially refused access on climate change, planning and environmental grounds, but backed down before a hearing in the High Court. The Trust will continue to resist any fracking. Frack Free Notts supported the Trust's objection to Ineos. See Drill or Drop story >
Following a widespread local and national campaign, Notts County Council has voted to oppose government attempts to take planning decisions away from local councils. Frack Free Notts demonstrated outside the full Council meeting on 20 September.
Notts County Council is refusing to include a separate policy on fracking in its Minerals Plan, claiming that there is no difference between unconventional hydrocarbons and the small oil and gas wells already operating in Notts. (Ineos has licenses covering more than 1,000 square kilometres around the Sherwood Forest area and wants over 100 wells per 10km square.) See Frack Free Notts' comments >
IGas has been allowed to continue construction of its exploratory drilling site at Misson Springs in North Notts into the bird-breeding season. The site is very close to Misson Carr SSSI, managed by Notts Wildlife Trust, which hosts rare long-eared owls. Notts Planning Committee had imposed a condition to stop work from February to August to protect breeding birds from noise. But planning officers have said that this "would not have an adverse impact". Arrests follow >
In late 2016, Friends of the Earth found that Ineos had plans to test for shale gas across the whole of the public forest estate around Sherwood Forest. The Forestry Commission also revealed that Ineos wanted to drill at The Lings just 2 miles from the Major Oak. This led to a big demonstration at the Major Oak on 7 January. A petition with over 250,000 signatures was handed to the Environment Secretary. See Ineos' plans for Sherwood Forest >