Date set for public inquiry into INEOS’ Rotherham plans

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A date has been set for the public inquiry on the determination of INEOS’ proposals for a shale gas test drilling well in Harthill. Last week, the planning board at Rotherham Council confirmed its objections to the plans for a … Continue reading

Natalie Bennett: Why fracking is Yorkshire’s number one environmental challenge

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ONE environmental issue stands out in Yorkshire: fracking. Through rain and snow and biting cold, the people of Kirby Misperton and their supporters have been showing their determination to ensure that their community isn’t fracked. So when making a list … Continue reading

Fracking firm accused of ‘bypassing local democracy’ by requesting planning inquiries

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A GLOBAL chemicals giant has been accused of bypassing local democracy and using “bully-boy tactics” to push through controversial fracking applications in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire. Earlier this year Ineos lodged plans to drill exploratory wells for shale gas … Continue reading

Rotherham councillors expected to back fracking ban on public land

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ROTHERHAM councillors are expected to formally rule out fracking on public land at a meeting later today. The dominant Labour group on Rotherham Borough Council will propose a motion not to allow drilling for shale gas on council-owned or council-controlled … Continue reading

Fracking firm looking at drilling in second Rotherham village

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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 … Continue reading