From: Simon Bowens, Yorkshire & Humber/North East Campaigner, Friends of the Earth, Leeds.
CAN Government Minister Claire Perry really believe that planning changes for oil and gas exploration won’t loosen regulation of the industry? (Minister says fracking plans not designed to loosen regulations, The Yorkshire Post, May 21).
Consider this tale of two planning applications. In May last year, Rotherham Council received a planning application from the chemical giant Ineos for an exploration well near Harthill to search for shale gas. It involved drilling a vertical well to 2,800m underground on a site of nearly 1.5 hectares, with up to 60 heavy goods vehicles a day for up to eight months, and considerable drilling noise.