The New Year saw the Frack Free Tinker Lane protesters celebrate since before Christmas. This is because the fracking company Igas announced on 17th December that the planned drilling depth had been reached, however, disappointingly the Bowland Shale had not been found!
This is excellent news for Blyth and Barnby Moor and means the drilling pad at Tinker Lane is now being dismantled and hopefully the land swiftly restored to its former farmland use. The Tinker Lane Protector Camp just outside Barnby Moor too is undergoing the same process and the woods are being restored to their former state.
However, all eyes are now on the other Nottinghamshire fracking site at ‘Misson Springs’, the former RAF Missile site just outside the village of Misson where Igas are planning to drill to a depth of 3,500 metres with the aim to find the Bowland Shale there and frack in the first quarter of this year.
The protest is continuing with a crowd of committed protesters coming together at the Misson Springs gates to monitor the comings and goings of the site throughout the day to ensure the company is adhering to its Traffic Management Plan and the conditions of the planning consent.
And whilst the weather can be harsh at this time of year there is always a campfire burning and a warm cuppa and welcome for visitors.
A special event is being planned for Thursday 14th February — Valentine’s Day — when you can join the protesters at the gates to decorate the site entrance for this special day with anything heart shaped. Come and meet the magnificent Misson Owl and its creators and spend a while showing your support and love for our planet which, according to a recent IPCC report, has just 12 short years before Climate Crisis is irreversible unless we stop burning fossil fuels and commit to change to renewable forms of energy now.
But a warm welcome will be extended to any visitor on any day at Misson Springs (DN10 6ET), and if you visit you will probably find yourself in the middle of a mass ‘knit-in’ or dressing up and good hearted good old-fashioned mayhem throughout this peaceful protest to stop fracking here and anywhere in the UK!
Winter Warmer Ceilidh in support of all anti-fracking groups
Frack Free Misson invites you to a ‘Winter Warmer’ Ceilidh to be held on Saturday 23rd February from 7.30pm to 11.00pm at the Barnby Memorial Hall in Blyth, High Street, S81 8EW. There will be dancing, pie and peas and a bar. Tickets cost £12.00 for adults and £6.00 for under 12s. Tickets are available by calling 07710 798181.