Frack Free Nottinghamshire (FFN) is calling on newly elected county councillors to pledge to vote against seismic surveys on county council land if they are elected onto the Property and Finance Committee.
It was revealed in April that INEOS, a global chemicals manufacturer and fracking company, had submitted a request to Nottinghamshire County Council to carry out seismic surveys on county council owned land. Originally this decision was due to be made by Council officers, but after widespread public interest generated by the anti-fracking rally at Sherwood’s Major Oak in January, it will now be made by the Council’s Property and Finance Committee whose next meeting is on Monday 19th June. FFN will be alerting new members of that Committee to the strength of local feeling on this issue and the risk of seismic surveys leading to full-scale fracking in the protected ancient woodlands/heathlands of Sherwood.
Paul Frost of Frack-Free Mansfield has strong views: “The National Trust has led the way in resisting the approaches of INEOS to test at Clumber Park…and we are encouraging the County Council and other local landowners to follow that lead. They should not give in to financial inducements or any bullying tactics by INEOS – who may threaten legal action in order to carry out seismic surveys. Councillors should listen to local people and deny access to INEOS.”