Trucks Rolling To Construct East Midlands Fracking Site
Trucks have begun rolling to construct the East Midlands first fracking site at Springs Road in Misson, Nottinghamshire. Frack Free Misson, supported groups from across the region, is resisting the ongoing construction efforts. Fracking company IGas Energy got planning approval in November 2016 for a shale gas exploration site. The plans call for drilling up to two wells, including one horizontal well. The planned site is off Springs Road in Misson, inside the old MOD rocket site (now Jacksons arms dealers).
The licence block covering the area, PEDL 140, is operated by IGas Energy but chemical giant turned fracker Ineos owns 40 percent of the licence. 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!