Do you want Fracking in Sherwood Forest?

If not then sign a petition here.

Since Posting this item Councillor Stan Hepinstall MBE has forwarded the following to us:

Final approved Statement related to Sherwood Forest country park:

Sally Gill, Head of Planning at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “Any reports of fracking in Sherwood Forest are without foundation. The County Council has not received any planning applications for shale gas development which involve fracking, either at Sherwood Forest or anywhere else in the county.  

“We have not received planning applications for any oil or gas extraction in or near Sherwood Forest Country Park.

“We want to reassure residents that any planning applications for shale gas development made in Nottinghamshire that are forthcoming in the future would be widely publicised and consulted on before decisions are made on their suitability.

“Our world famous Sherwood Forest Country Park, which is also home to the Major Oak and many other ancient oaks, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Area of Conservation and is part of the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve. Conservation of its ecology and natural habitats are paramount and the County Council will do everything in its power to ensure its heritage and conservation is protected now and for future generations.

“The planning process is part of a comprehensive regime of regulation involving a number of agencies.”


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2 Responses to Do you want Fracking in Sherwood Forest?

  1. Mike Johnson says:

    This post has changed in that Councillor Stan Heptinstall MBE has sent to us a statement from Nottinghamshire County Council that has just been added to the post.

  2. Paul Nathanail says:

    With the County Council elections later this year, the issue of unconventional hydrocarbons (including shale gas) will be at the fore of many Bramcote residents’ minds. Notts County Council’s minerals plan is nearing completion (see my recent post on this) and the council recently granted permission for exploratory drilling in the north of the county.

    Hydraulic fracturing is a contentious technology with much debate in the scientific and non technical literature. After some delay the United States Environmental Protection Agency released a report in December on the effects of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources in the United States.

    The Executive Summary notes that:
    “The following combinations of activities and factors are more likely than others to result in more frequent or more severe impacts:
    • Water withdrawals for hydraulic fracturing in times or areas of low water availability,particularly in areas with limited or declining groundwater resources;
    • Spills during the management of hydraulic fracturing fluids and chemicals or produced water that result in large volumes or high concentrations of chemicals reaching groundwater resources;
    • Injection of hydraulic fracturing fluids into wells with inadequate mechanical integrity,allowing gases or liquids to move to groundwater resources;
    • Injection of hydraulic fracturing fluids directly into groundwater resources;
    • Discharge of inadequately treated hydraulic fracturing wastewater to surface water resources;and
    • Disposal or storage of hydraulic fracturing wastewater in unlined pits, resulting in contamination of groundwater resources.”

    The Main Report’s conclusion finish on the following note:
    “Overall, hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas is a practice that continues to evolve. Evaluating the potential for activities in the hydraulic fracturing water cycle to impact drinking water resources will need to keep pace with emerging technologies and new scientific studies. This report provides a foundation for these efforts, while helping to reduce current vulnerabilities to drinking water resources.”

    For those interested, the full report, executive summary and other useful information is available from:

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