Over 50 people waving placards and chanting “We don’t want fracking”braved the cold and the mist on the 2nd November to launch the campaign Asking everyone to object to the first Notts planning application that could lead to fracking in Misson..
Chair of Bassetlaw against Fracking, David Larder, spoke to the crowd in front of an ITV News camera and reporter. He had earlier met John Mann MP for Bassetlaw outside the Cold War rocket site half a mile from the village. John gave some very supportive comments for the c mpaign to ITV before catching a train to London where he was asking a question about pensions. He said that Jeremy Corbyn had put down a motion concerned with fracking for debate on Wednesday.
David pointed out to ITV and radio reporters present that the government had already blighted large areas of the country with the sale of shale gas licences. “People are finding it difficult to sell their houses and they will drop in value in licensed areas”
The consultation period had started, he said. He urged people to send in sending their objections now to Notts County Council planning. He added that there were numerous planning reasons to object. These were the daily heavy Water tanker traffic on a narrow road , the noise across the Idle Valley, the vibration and the methane pollution that could affect the nearby Site of Special Scientific Interest, and the threat to our drinking water in the East Midlands. David added “This area is like northern Holland where they have had fracking for 30 years. Now Shell has lost a court case awarding 1.2 billion to villagers because their houses are disappearing into the ground and walls are cracking badly and have done so in recent years. The company said that nothing would happen due to their two kilometre horizontal seismic activity , setting off explosions deep underground. The chickens came home to roost”
Both Calendar and East Midlands today showed the interviews.