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Fracking

Hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, is a process used to remove gas and oil from shale rock deep in the ground. There are proposals to frack for shale gas across large parts of North England including Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire. INEOS is a large chemical company which has the licences to frack across large areas of North East Derbyshire and Chesterfield. They need to apply for various licences and planning permission before they can frack.

INEOS has taken the first steps to obtain planning permission for a site off Bramleymoor Lane near Marsh Lane. They have submitted a planning application (application no. CM4/0517/10) for an exploratory well, the first of its kind in Derbyshire. The deadline for submission of objections is 10 August 2017. Transition Chesterfield’s objection to this application can be found here which you can was submitted in July 2017.  A helpful Marsh_Lane_pro-forma_objection_letter by Frack Free South Yorkshire can be found here though it is better if you can amend this or write it in your own words. Other objections and representations can be found on the Derbyshire County Council’s information page for the application.  A show of public support against fracking is very important. Anyone can object to a planning application, though more weight is given to people directly affected such as local residents.  You can send in your objection via the Derbyshire comments page or email directly to planningrepresentations@derbyshire.gov.uk or post to Planning Services, Derbyshire County Council, Shand House, Dale Road South, Matlock DE4 3RY.

Drill or Drop have done a helpful summary of the application.  The application is for a 2,400m vertical well in the Green Belt on the edge of the village of Marsh Lane, about 300m from the nearest homes. An image left, courtesy of Colin Harrison, shows the height of the rig compared to the Crooked Spire. INEOS said the purpose was to take samples of rock to assess the prospects for shale gas in the area. The application does not include plans to carry out fracking or pressure testing.

 

 

There is also a current application for an exploratory well at Harthill in Rotherham. This is also a very rural area totally unsuited for industrial activity.  You can find Frack Free South Yorkshire’s Harthill template Objection letter here which you can use as a basis for sending in objections to Rotherham Borough Council.

There are many national charities and local groups opposed to fracking, including

Eckington Against Fracking, Dronfield Against Fracking, Friends of the Earth, Friends of the Peak District, Greenpeace, the National TrustFrack Free South Yorkshire , Sheffield Against Fracking.

There are numerous concerns about the impacts of fracking locally and globally including:

• Fracking is likely to compromise the UK’s legally binding climate change targets
• Fracking poses a risk to public health
• Local impacts are likely to be extensive
• Renewables can meet all of our energy needs without fracking
• Fracking is not a bridge fuel to a low-carbon economy
• Fracking will not lower energy prices
• The environmental problems associated with fracking in the US will not be dealt with by UK’s stricter environmental laws
• Fracking will only create a small number of jobs
• The public are not supportive of fracking

More details on these can be found in the attached Briefing on Fracking by Chesterfield Climate Alliance.

Friends of the Earth have also published detailed information and resources on fracking.

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