In the last few hours, MP for Bassetlaw John Mann has posted on his website the following:
“There has been a great deal of debate surrounding potential fracking in Bassetlaw recently, and I thought that it would be useful to publicly share my views.
My stance on fracking in Bassetlaw is as follows:
- Each application needs to be dealt with on its merits.
- Some locations will be unsuitable and should be stopped.
- No drilling should be taking place within 2km of any village
- Each company involved needs to be assessed for whether it has a good track record in building wells safely and in safe waste water disposal
- The local community needs to be fully consulted and needs to be certain of the safety of its water supplies and that there are no significant adverse impacts on its well being, including all seismic and environmental surveys need to be made available.
- The local transport infrastructure needs to be suitable
- There must be no possibility of ground water contamination
- There must be no licences for new boreholes or water extraction from rivers, so no use of local water reserves
- Any pay back into local authorities must be used exclusively to retrofit local schools, churches, health facilities and residents with green energy
- I have established a monitoring committee to assess any application independently of the regulators and planning authority
On this basis I did not oppose the anaerobic digester at Walters Farm in Lound, nor the tapping of natural gas at Beckingham.
My view of the Dart Energy site at Lound is that it fails to meet most of the criteria listed above.
In particular the site is a former munitions factory and the risk of ground water contamination is high. This would be devastating well beyond the local area.
I also do not consider that the track record of Dart Energy is sufficiently good to merit the trust of the local community and their dealing over this particular application has re-enforced that doubt.”
We have no doubts the size of the meeting last week at The Well and all the other work this group has done over the last few weeks has played a big part in this, so well done to everyone and thanks for your support.
However, just because John Mann has changed his mind, welcome though this is, we cannot stop keeping up pressure on the District & County Councils to enforce the requirements in their current planning permission and to make unthinkable that any further planning applications will be approved.
We may have won a small victory but we need to keep the campaign going.