Bassetlaw against Fracking gave a robust response to the claims made by the oil industry last week in the Worksop Guardian. The industry had placed an information bus in Worksop some weeks ago. They asked for questions from the public about shale gas and its extraction from the Bassetlaw area. “The figures they quoted were all spin and probably a downright lie”, said Bassetlaw against Fracking chairman David Larder.
The oil company had implied that over 1500 responses had come from Worksop. David said that an examination of their website showed that this number included the online questions, and postcards gathered from a number of other towns across the North of England ranging from Preston to Lincoln.
“If one takes into account the number of towns they visited and the fact that I know of several people who asked up to 30 questions each, the oil company is spinning the truth” continued David. He said that he was extremely pleased that questions were being asked about the dangers of fracking in a former coal mine area. People can get another point of view than that of the oil industry, also based on considerable scientific evidence, by visiting our website (this website!).
David went on to congratulate John Mann MP for stating that he thought that local communities should be taken notice of with regard to their democratic opinion about fracking. “ If that is the case, then the nine villages that we have canvassed door-to-door in North Notts have spoken out clearly against fracking with a 70% response”. He was also pleased that the MP had noted the dangers that could arise to our water from drills going through the aquifer in Bassetlaw. David suggested however that the MP should look at the American research into methane gas haze before coming to the conclusion that fracking was safe if it was 2 km away from people’s homes.