INEOS contractors are seemingly moving steadily from Harthill towards Thorpe Salvin. Ultimately of course they have designs on Osberton and Ranby in PEDL 200 the PEDL that includes Tinker Lane. This image of Vibroseis trucks as they rampage through a field today on Thorpe Road close to Harthill. Security was obvious as we approached the field with heavies parked up in their new 4×4’s. It appeared that INEOS field headquarters have been established in the farm opposite with swish communication aerials in evidence.
The stunning yellow fields of rape more normally associated with the area have given way to a rape of different kind, the yellow high visability jackets reminding us of what might otherwise have been. It is a worrying situation with heavy vehicles already disrupting the day to day business of moving around the narrow lanes and bodes ill for the whole of the East Midlands. Undoubtedly resistance to the would be frackers will continue to grow as they encroach upon our neighbourhoods and we must hope that those bankrolling INEOS withdraw their support as things get more difficult for them. Are INEOS too endebted to be allowed to fail whether they find gas or not? The banks as always will have the final say but this is certainly a risky venture for the company with a lot of money upfront before any liklihood of any return on investment. Our concern is for the environment, for the local communities that will be impacted by the activities of the frackers and trust their search for cheap gas to sustain their activities comes to grief, and quickly!