Fracking – Transition Chesterfield
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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.

The public Inquiry to determine an appeal for INEOS’s planning application (application no. CM4/0517/10) for an exploratory fracking well near Marsh Lane, the first of its kind in Derbyshire, is being held in Chesterfield in June 2018. Eckington Against Fracking and Derbyshire County Council are opposing the application.  Details of the proceedings and live coverage of the Inquiry can be found on the Drill or Drop website.  Click on the link for Transition Chesterfield’s Statement to the Inquiry 18.06.18

Transition Chesterfield’s objection to this application was submitted in July 2017 and additional comments in Dec 2017.  We have also submitted comments on the draft Derbyshire Minerals Plan which will be an important consideration in any future planning decisions.

The Chesterfield Climate Alliance objection can be found here.

The Eckington Against Fracking objection can be found here.

Other objections and representations can be found on the Derbyshire County Council’s information page for the application.


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 are also applications for exploratory wells at Harthill and Woodsetts in Rotherham district. These are also very rural areas 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.

Click here for an image of how many fracking well sites there might be around Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire (not actual locations) based on the number of sites INEOS estimates is needed. Image courtesy of Colin Harrison.

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

Amber Valley Against Fracking, Barlborough Against Fracking, Bolsover Against Fracking, Clay Cross Against Fracking, Coal Aston and Dronfield Against Fracking,Creswell Against Fracking, Eckington Against Fracking,  Friends of the Earth, Friends of the Peak District, Greenpeace, the National TrustFrack Free South Yorkshire, Sheffield Against Fracking

Many of these groups are also supporting the Divest Derbyshire campaign to get the Derbyshire Pension Fund to divest from fossil fuels.

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.

Sign up to the very useful Drill or Drop blog for up to date and well researched information on fracking around the UK

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