A matter of days into 2019, and already another fracking site is underway. And already it’s the subject of protests.
Fracking new year
In November 2016 Nottinghamshire County Council gave IGas a licence to frack at a site on Springs Road in the village of Misson. The licence allows the fracking firm to drill two exploratory wells in its search for shale.
Springs Road is located in an area with a Petroleum Exploration and Development Licence (PEDL). The government has licensed the rights to explore the area for shale, under PEDL 140, to several companies. These include IGas and the major fracking firm INEOS.
As the independent news site DrillOrDrop has been documenting, the site became operational in November 2017. IGas began site preparations in December that year. But along with IGas came the protests.
In January 2018 local residents and campaigners set up what they call a “protection camp” near to Springs Road. There is also a campaign group, Frack Free Misson. During the year protests were held, along with awareness events. At one point police arrested five people. But by September, things appeared to have quietened down at Springs.
Then, on 5 January 2019, IGas suddenly began work again. DrillOrDrop noted the probable reason for this:
This is the first activity at Misson for several months after IGas switched attention to Tinker Lane, its other Nottinghamshire shale gas exploration site. The company confirmed in December 2018 that the vertical exploration well at Tinker Lane had failed to find the target Bowland shale formation. It said it expected to spud (begin drilling) at Misson early in 2019.'
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