Communities Mobilising To Resist New Fracking Threat In Nottinghamshire
A drilling rig is on the move in the East Midlands as fracking company IGas Energy turns its sights on sites at Springs Road near Misson, in the Bassetlaw district of Nottinghamshire. After failing to find the Bowland Shale at nearby Tinker Lane where it recently drilled a well. IGas is now gambling that it will have more luck 10 miles down the road in Misson.
Frack Free Misson and Frack Free Tinker Lane, supported by groups from across the region and beyond, are resisting these ongoing drilling efforts. As with fracking elsewhere in the UK fracking is in very early exploratory stages, and community resistance is a very large factor in whether it can succeed. The stakes are high – in production fracking in the East Midlands could see thousands of wells drilled across the region, if not stopped.
IGas has plans to drill up to two test wells, including one horizontal well, at Springs Road, and has already drilled 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 extracted. 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.