Friends of the Earth have identified in a FOI request that fracking company INEOS Shale would like to carry out seismic testing on Nottinghamshire County Council owned land. The request came at the end of 2016 however council officers decided to delay a decision on it due to the issue being politically sensitive, thanks to the huge anti-fracking rally that was held at Sherwood Forest at the beginning of January 2017 (we are making a difference! – thank you to those that attended).
The county council have now confirmed that a decision on this will now be made by county councillors on the Policy Committee, most probably at their next meeting on Wednesday 21st June. Following the election, we should know councillors on this committee from the week commencing Monday 29th May. We do know that the chair of this committee is the leader of the council, County Councillor Kay Cutts, of Radcliffe on Trent.
Actions you can take
We suggest that you write to your newly elected councillor(s) and ask them: “If you were to join the County Council Policy Committee, would you vote to reject seismic surveys on county council land?”
We suggest that you write to Kay Cutts (chair of the committee): firstname.lastname@example.org and ask that as chair of the committee she rejects seismic surveys on County Council land and that she passes the message onto the new members of the committee.
- Use points about issues of seismic surveys
- Use points about INEOS
- Mention the dodgy link between Fisher German and FGP
If you meet them, we suggest you give them our ‘Do Your Street’ green leaflet. If you need copies of this, please email us.
Time is of the essence and we need to get speaking to these candidates as soon as possible.
Please let us know how you get on.
We also propose a gathering outside County Hall on the day of the decision. This won’t be confirmed until a week beforehand.