THE fracking firm hoping to drill in Harthill has announced plans to look for shale gas in Woodsetts too.
Ineos said a site south of Dinnington Road in the village had been highlighted as having potential for drilling.
Preparatory surveys are being carried out by the chemicals company in the south of the Rotherham borough.
INEOS selects second shale gas site in Rotherham
Land to the south of Dinnington Road at Woodsetts in Rotherham is the second Greenbelt location for a proposed test drilling operation by INEOS’ oil and gas exploration and production business.
INEOS has recently submitted a planning application for its first exploration site in the borough – at a site between the villages of Harthill and Thorpe Salvin. Both sites have been identified as being in an area of interest to INEOS based on existing seismic data.
A type of natural gas, shale gas has the potential to become an important energy source for the UK, as it is in the US, but extracting the gas using a method called “fracking” (hydraulic fracturing) has negative environmental impacts.
Woodsetts shale gas drilling site proposed
An energy firm has said it wants to drill an exploration well for future shale gas extraction in South Yorkshire.
Ineos wants to drill near Woodsetts, near Rotherham, based on “existing geological data”.
The proposed site is west of the village and south of Dinnington Road.
Rose Dickinson, of Friends of the Earth, said: “It is concerning this is the first stage of a potential fracking application.”
“There has been no fracking for six years and it is not a viable technology, it poses many risks to people and the environment,” the energy and climate campaigner added.