INEOS Fracking Seismic Survey Plans Need Resisting
Fracking company INEOS Upstream is planning to carry out seismic surveys across the new licence areas it has been offered in the 14th licencing round. The areas it is targeting first are in South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
INEOS has contracted Fisher German Priestner as their land agent to try to gain access to the land it needs for the surveys. Fisher German has already begun contacting landowners, and has told Rotherham council that INEOS wants to start the survey works at the end of September/start of October 2016 (PDF).
Seismic surveys provide fracking companies with geological data necessary to select sites for test drilling and secure more investment. Surveys are highly intrusive and require unrestricted access to very large areas of land. The survey process itself can cause damage, stress and disruption for local communities.
A survey by fracking company Aurora Energy Resources around Formby near Liverpool was delayed by 2 years as a result of community opposition, with the company forced to resort to expensive and time consuming court proceedings to gain access.
Getting organised and networking with other people to share information about the Seismic Survey plans in your area is essential. A conspicuous campaign across the survey area to inform residents of their rights to refuse access is a great first step. For more info see: Seismic Testing Is Happening In My Area – What Should I Do? and Ineos Fracking Plans Threaten The Whole Of The UK
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