Fracking safety fears for former coal-mining areas of Yorkshire taken to Government regulator

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Concerns about the safety of conducting fracking in former coal-mining areas of Yorkshire have been taken to the Government’s regulator in charge of overseeing the development of the shale gas industry. Rother Valley MP Kevin Barron has met with the … Continue reading

The Yorkshire Post says: Fracking focus. A breakdown of public trust

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A RECURRING theme of this newspaper’s week-long investigation into fracking is the mistrust between environmentalists and the energy industry which believes the extraction of shale gas is in the national economic interest. It’s not helped by the secrecy surrounding a … Continue reading

Landmark fracking inquiries for Rotherham and outskirts of Sheffield to begin preliminary hearings within weeks

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Lawyers for petrochemical firm Ineos are preparing for two landmark public inquiries as the company looks to kick-start shale gas exploration work in the south of the region as soon as possible. Chris Burn reports. Two flagship planning inquiries to … Continue reading

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

Fracking: Battle lines are drawn… and fracking war is just starting

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The Yorkshire Post understands that Ineos, which carried out a seismic survey last year across nearly 100 square miles of Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire as well as submitting planning applications for three wells, expects to do similar work in Yorkshire … Continue reading