Misson residents set up group to ‘voice opposition’ to fracking

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Residents have set up a campaign group to fight plans which could see fracking take place.

British onshore oil and gas explorer and producer IGas announced it intends to apply for planning permission to carry out ‘exploratory’ digging on the Doncaster-Nottinghamshire border.

If successful that could pave the way for shale gas extraction - known as fracking - to start which opponents fear will affect several villages.

Now residents in Misson, near Bawtry, have joined forces to set up an action group in opposition to plans to build an exploratory fracking well. If planning permission is granted the well is set to be built in Springs Road, Misson Springs.

Around 50 people attended the inaugural meeting of the Misson Community Action group, which organisers say aims to provide information information about the process, question IGas over its proposals and co-ordinate any action.

Jayne Watson, a member of the group, said the majority of the people involved are against fracking in the area.

“People can feel powerless when it comes to knowing what to with proposals like this,” said Jayne, 53, of Dame Lane.

“We want to create awareness around the side effects of fracking, such as methane pollution.

“We are hoping to stop this at the planning proposal stage, before we become one of the first places in the country to have fracking.

“People power has worked in other places, and we hope it will work here.”

IGas has also stated that other sites in the area may also be considered in the future – but added it may not necessarily carry out fracking in Misson Springs.

A spokesman for IGas said: “We regard communicating with our neighbours in communities as essential, recognising that they have every right to be consulted and are given every opportunity to comment.

“As well as holding public events throughout the process we also established a Community Liaison Group to provide dialogue.”

Bassetlaw MP John Mann said:

“If people say that they do not want fracking on a particular site they should have the right to make that decision.”

According to a survey carried out by Frack Free South Yorkshire 80 per cent of people questioned are opposed to fracking.

Misson Community Action group will meet on January 30 from 7pm at the Misson Community Centre in Vicar Lane.

For more visit www.igas-engage.co.uk