In the latest step in potential fracking in the borough, planners at Rotherham Council have ruled that a second proposed test drilling operation on a Greenbelt site by INEOS, “would not be likely to have significant effects on the environment” in relation to national planning guidelines.
Rothbiz reported in August that land to the south of Dinnington Road at Woodsetts is the second Rotherham Greenbelt location for a proposed test drilling operation as it searches for shale gas.
INEOS 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.