We learnt last week from INEOS Operations Manager Tom Pickering that INEOS was minded to frack underneath Sherwood if they detected gas in commercial quantities. Our local National Trust property, Clumber Park is therefore at risk from the fracking wide boys. Pickering graciously conceded that they will not park their equipment on the surface of National Trust property but would be quite happy about fracking underneath. Well the good people of Nottinghamshire are not happy with this prospect and some of us met again today at that symbol of Nottinghamshire’s forested heritage, the Major Oak.
We remember how the lake at nearby Clumber Park disappeared as a consequence of deep mining operations from Thoresby colliery and have concerns that INEOS’ activities will wreak further and greater devastation. As INEOS rolls out its seismic testing across Nottinghamshire we shall see how the company and its contractors conduct themselves in the foreplay that precedes the real thing. The rant from Major Tom confirming that an assault under Sherwood Forest is on the cards tells us that the whole of Nottinghamshire is now under threat from above and below ground. Far from being in the National interest as described by the Major it is evidently perceived by INEOS’ to be in that company’s best interest to take a risk with our countryside and environment to secure what it hopes will be a cheap source of gas to sustain its plants in the UK. The people of Nottinghamshire think otherwise……Can you hear me Major Tom, Can you hear me Major Tom?