Anti Fracking Meeting To Be Held In Warsop
Nottinghamshire anti-fracking campaigners have arranged a meeting for people living in the Warsop area after it was revealed that Fracking firm INEOS had plans for a number of developments in the vicinity of the town.
The public meeting, organised by Frack Free Nottinghamshire and Frack Free Mansfield will be held at the Oaklands Centre, Oakfield Lane, Warsop at 7pm on Friday 21st April.
Environmental organisation Friends of The Earth have made a series of Freedom of Information requests to companies and public bodies about the plans of multi-millionaire Jim Ratcliffe's INEOS for Nottinghamshire. The requests revealed plans to seismic test across the property of various landowners and Councils in the area as a way of assessing the potential for the controversial way of extracting gas known as fracking. Some landowners have refused access, amongst them Mansfield District Council who refused to allow seismic testing on the Carrs. Other landowners such as Notts County Council and some private estates have yet to decide or make arrangements with the agents Fisher German Priestner who are acting for INEOS.
In addition, potential test drilling sites were revealed to have been floated between Warsop and Edwinstowe at the Lings and the Jerusalem Plantation. This latter revelation has spurred protests at the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest since the beginning of the year and a controversy that has spread beyond Nottinghamshire to be nationally and internationally known. INEOS have responded with an expensive pro-fracking advertising campaign in local media.
Spokesperson for Frack Free Mansfield, Paul Frost, said "We know that there is widespread opposition to fracking and concern about INEOS moving in on our area. People are concerned about air and water pollution, traffic, noise and wildlife implications alongside the risk of earth tremors. We are holding this public meeting to inform people about the case for opposing fracking and to help people in Warsop who oppose fracking to come together now that they appear to be particularly targeted. Seismic testing is just the first stage in a process that could drastically alter the environment around us. It is a warning sign for opponents of fracking in an area to start getting organised."
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