Dozens of Groningen farmers arrived in The Hague with their tractors to protest against fracking. Groningen has been plagued by damaging earthquakes for many years as a result of intensive gas extraction
The fracking industry is approaching farmers and landowners seeking access for seismic surveys.
Fracking companies want access to land to carry out seismic surveys in order to study the geology in an area. Seismic surveys are often a precursor to fracking taking place in the area being surveyed.
We have been informed by some of our members that land agents engaged by INEOS have been approaching landowners around the Malton, Norton areas and out towards the Yorkshire Wolds in North Yorkshire to negotiate access to land for the purpose of carrying out seismic surveys.
We know that some landowners and farmers are refusing to allow access. You may find our section “Your Rights” helpful, as this relates to access on to land by fracking companies.
Marilyn Cameron, a member of the Annapolis Valley Farmland Trust Association and No Farms No Food (a citizens’ coalition for protection of farmland in Kings County), writes in support of the Canadian province’s moratorium on fracking. More details in the “Truro Daily”
As reported in the Sunday Telegraph, the National Trust continues to defend its right to prevent fracking on its land*. Clumber Park general manager Beth Dawson has written to Lynne Campbell, the Planning and Environment Manager at INEOS, making a personal appeal to her to stop the application, and inviting her to visit the estate so she can see the ‘nature-rich oasis’ for herself.
In a letter to The Times, the National Trust has responded to INEOS’s accusation that it has adopted an “overly and and overtly” political position on fracking. The Swiss petrochemical giant is threatening legal action against the National Trust, following their refusal to allow access for seismic testing.
Matt Trevelyan – a sheep farmer in Ryedale, North Yorkshire – called upon the farming community and other land-owners to deny fracking companies access to their land, saying that KM8 was “just the tip of the iceberg” in terms of the scale of the threat of shale gas fracking in Yorkshire.