Fracking consultation extended

NWGU  David Larder, chairman of Bassetlaw Against Fracking, is going to be posting a 'breath of fresh air' to David Cameron following confirmation that a Swiss company has been granted licences to take steps towards fracking in the county. L>R Pete Hynes, David Larder Sybil Fielding

NWGU David Larder, chairman of Bassetlaw Against Fracking, is going to be posting a 'breath of fresh air' to David Cameron following confirmation that a Swiss company has been granted licences to take steps towards fracking in the county. L>R Pete Hynes, David Larder Sybil Fielding

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Campaigners opposed to fracking near a Doncaster village have more time to voice their concerns after the consultation period was extended.

A planning application to drill vertical and horizontal shale gas wells at Misson Springs - the first planning application for shale gas exploration in Nottinghamshire.

The consultation period, which started on 28 October, will now stay open until 23 December, following a request for an extension by IGas.

IGas is applying to carry out test drilling. The application does not include any proposals for hydraulic fracturing, known as ‘fracking’.

David Larder, chairman of Bassetlaw against Fracking said: “Not only has Island Gas chosen an old Cold War rocket site for drilling for shale gas, but they will be having many explosive charges going out horizontally under our beautiful Notts countryside.

“We object to the 24-hour a day drilling for several months. The noise of this operation and the vibration will have a devastating effect upon the wildlife and the natural habitat in the nearby Site of Special Scientific Interest upon which the government spent thousands of pounds.

“It has been proven in America that people have suffered ill health who live near fracking sites and it has been shown in Lancashire, where the county council turned down an application that property values are seriously affected.”

Permission is sought for a temporary period of up to three years,

Residents are being urged to give their views by email development.management@nottscc.gov.uk or in writing to Development management, Nottinghamshire County Council, West Bridgford, NG2 7QP.