“Drill or Drop” reports on the tenant farmer who has joined the National Trust in its challenge to the shale gas company, INEOS, in a court case over land access. The National Trust claims it is acting within its founding principle of protecting the beautiful places in its care and, given the impact of climate change, has no wish for any of its land to be used for gas or oil extraction. INEOS said Government licences give the company a legal obligation to investigate shale gas deposits in areas around the country, including Clumber Park.
The unnamed tenant farmer was joining the case in opposing access to INEOS. Another 30 tenants of the Clumber Park estate would also to be notified about the case and given the opportunity to join the objections. The case is likely to be heard March-May 2019.
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.