In order to resist the fracking of shale for the extraction of gas which is likely to take place across the whole of North Notts if a major oil company has its way, local villagers are gathering together on 4th July in the Memorial Hall in Blyth at 7.30pm.
A newly formed group, called Tinker Lane Anti-Fracking Community Group has invited South Yorkshire science teacher David Burley to give an illustrated talk and answer questions.
“We are very proud to sponsor this event and to see this local initiative,” said David Larder, Chair of Bassetlaw Against Fracking. He said that the County Council have now given planning permission for drilling at Tinker Lane of several deep exploratory wells. If these successfully produce shale gas in sufficient quantity, then planning permission for full-scale fracking will be sought by Dart Energy, a subsidiary of Igas. “We could see a number of heavy drills and heavy traffic going along the A634 to service at least eight wells on their present site between Blyth and Barnby Moor,” added Mr Larder. Planning permission has also been granted to Igas to drill exploratory wells at Misson Springs, just outside the village of Misson.
Mr Larder said that this is not the end of the story. The oil and plastics giant INEOS has now submitted to Notts County Council its intention to survey over 250km2 from Worksop through to Ranby using explosive charges over the next six months. They have pointed out that under a Government Order of 2015 this is ‘Permitted Development’ and planning permission is not required.
The company will be testing to identify by seismic means the geological potential for shale gas and say that is largely needed to provide ‘feedstock’ for their operations at the huge Grangemouth plant. Mr Larder said that they convert the shale gas to make plastic and there was enough plastic already in the world causing huge trouble in the oceans. “There is no justification for spoiling the North Notts countryside in order to cause more pollution,” Mr Larder continued.