At a time when we need to cut down carbon emissions and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, companies are planning to tear up our beautiful local countryside to extract shale gas by ‘fracking’.
This is because the Government has reversed its promise not to allow fracking under our National Parks, despite fears over water and air pollution, the dangers of increased lorry traffic on narrow country roads, the noise and visual impact, and the fact that shale gas is a fossil fuel which will contribute to climate change. We are also working with communities on the edge of the national park who are affected.
Currently the Government is seeking to remove planning decisions about fracking from local authority control, by either making shale gas exploration ‘permitted development’ and shifting full-on fracking into the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP) permitting regime, decided by Ministers. See CPRE’s campaign to stop this, by clicking here.
The main operator in our area, INEOS, is already looking to conduct test drilling at sites in South Yorkshire (Rotherham) and nearer the Peak at Marsh Lane, Eckington near Dronfield. We have objected to these proposals and taken part in two public inquiries, both of which were decided in favour of INEOS, despite huge community opposition. Together with local people, we will keep fighting against this unnecessary industrialisation of our countryside.
You can read our policy on fracking here.