Communities Mobilising To Resist Threat From Nottinghamshire Frack Pads
Trucks are rolling in an attempt to construct the East Midlands first fracking sites at Springs Road in Misson and Tinker Lane near Blyth, in the Bassetlaw district of Nottinghamshire. Frack Free Misson and Frack Free Tinker Lane, supported by groups from across the region and beyond, are resisting these ongoing construction efforts. In production fracking in the region could see thousands of wells drilled across the region, if not stopped.
Fracking company IGas Energy has plans to drill up to two test wells, including one horizontal well, at Springs Road and one test well at Tinker Lane. The site at Springs Road in Misson, is inside the old MOD rocket site (now Jacksons arms dealers), while the Tinker Lane site is on farm land near the A634.
The licence blocks covering the area, PEDL 140 for Springs Road and PEDL 200 for Tinker Lane, are operated by IGas Energy but chemical giant turned fracker Ineos owns 40/45 percent of the licences. The area is in the Gainsborough Trough, a geological formation where the Bowland Shale is thought to contain gas that could potentially be extract. However, exploitation would require coating the area in thousands of fracking wells.
These fracking companies speculative business model means that they need good results from these test to get more investment, but that includes not just what they find under ground but the level of resistance they encounter. That is where communities across the country come in – by making the frackers plans as difficult, slow and expensive as possible!
For information on how to get to the sites see the Springs Road site page and Tinker Lane. Come down and support these communities if you can! Or find our what fracking support sites might be near you.