Article courtesy of Retford Times | January 9, 2015 | Retford Times | Shared as educational material
Nearly 2,000 signatures from north Bassetlaw residents opposed to fracking will be put before Notts County Council’s January meeting next week.
The petition will be presented by Retford county councillor Pamela Skelding on Thursday (January 15).
It is calls on the authority not to agree to the controversial process of fracking for deep shale by company IGas in this area.
It is likely that the exploratory work will take three months while a planning application is prepared, the Retford Times understands.
Coun Skelding received the petition at County Hall last Thursday from David Larder, chairman of Bassetlaw Against Fracking, which collected the signatures in Retford and north Bassetlaw.
On the same evening a liaison group set up by IGas heard that the company intended to make an application for exploratory drilling at Springs Road near Misson.
“The whole area is not only picturesque but has many sites around there of special scientific interest, particularly with regard to rare bird life,” said Mr Larder.
He also said that the village had been surveyed along with eight others in north Notts by door-to-door campaigners.
Their survey results suggested that 70% of households were against fracking.
“Even before the announcement 80% of Misson villagers did not want fracking in the area,” said Mr Larder.
“Their concerns are not just about the landscape being spoiled by pipelines, drills and huge tanks.
“They also have a good understanding of the dangers that have been exposed across the world. They fear for their drinking water and the potential for surface spillages as well as methane haze,” he added.
Fracking works by injecting a mixture of water and sands with a small amount of common household chemicals into shale rock under very high pressure.
This causes the rock to fracture, releasing the oil and gas trapped inside, which is then pumped to the surface alongside the waste fracking fluid, said IGas, who claim fracking has the potential to offer ‘enormous benefits’.
“Fracking has caught the public imagination over the past decade in particular, in part due to its role in enabling a new energy revolution in the USA that has transformed the country’s economic fortunes. Now it has potential to help the UK economy too,” the company added.