Local Communities Stand Up To Ineos Fracking Threat
Fracking company Ineos Upstream, a subsidiary of the chemical giant Ineos, is not having an easy time in its attempts to impose fracking on the communities living in its licence areas. So far all 3 of its planning applications for test sites have been refused, and must now go to costly appeals, while its fracking survey in Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire which was supposed to be completed by the end of 2018 still has large chunks missing due to resistance from landowners. Ineos’s plans for a seismic survey in North Yorkshire are meeting similar problems.
Meanwhile Ineos has applied for permission to construct fracking test sites at Bramleymoor Lane in Derbyshire, and at Harthill and Woodsetts in Rotherham. All 3 application have been refused after campaigns by local communities, and Ineos is now having to appeal to central government to overturn these decisions. The planning inquiry for Bramleymoor Lane begins in Chesterfield in Tues 19th June and the Harthill inquiry begins Tues 24th April in Rotherham.
Ineos plans to survey large portions of the 1.2 millions acres of its fracking licence areas in Central England over the next year. The aim of these surveys is to gather data to advance its fracking plans, including selecting fracking sites for test drilling. These surveys and associated test sites need resisting, otherwise Ineos will be allowed to take a significant step towards fracking.
With Ineos’s fracking plans calling for 10 shale gas wells per square mile, allowing Ineos to reach fracking production could see anything up 18,000 wells coating its licence areas in Central England. The primary purpose of these surveys is to gathering geological data but the company is also looking to identify areas where there is no community resistance!
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For guidance on opposing a survey in your area read this useful FAQ. Use these Seismic Survey Flyers for raising awareness about the threat posed by seismic surveys in your area. There is also a Seismic Spotter Sheet that highlights the signs and activity that are associated with a survey being carried out in your area.
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