Fracking in Sherwood Forest – we're winning but it's not over yet

Guy Shrubsole

15 May 2017

Great news! Fracking company INEOS has backed down from surveying in the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve and at Clumber Park, in an important victory for people power.

But INEOS has not stopped looking for shale gas in the whole of Sherwood Forest.

Its finalised plans confirm INEOS wants to survey other parts of the forest – and around towns, villages and farms across 250 sq km of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

Over a quarter of a million of you signed petitions by Friends of the Earth and 38 Degrees at the start of 2017, urging the Environment Secretary and the Forestry Commission to block INEOS from exploring in Sherwood Forest. Thank you.

And the fact that INEOS has backed off exploring in Clumber Park – after it threatened the National Trust with legal action if it didn’t give them access – shows that standing up to fracking bullies works.

Still lots to do to stop fracking

But we’re not out of the woods yet.

INEOS’ finalised plans confirm its intention to still carry out surveys in other parts of Sherwood Forest, beyond the small area protected as a Nature Reserve and SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest).

And as Friends of the Earth has previously revealed, INEOs has also proposed putting in a test drill at The Lings on the western edge of Sherwood Forest.

INEOS has tried to spin that this isn’t part of Sherwood Forest – but local residents, historians, Ordnance Survey maps and reports by Nottinghamshire Council all state otherwise.

The good news is that everything is still to play for – because we’ve found out that the Forestry Commission, owners of Sherwood, still hasn’t given INEOS permission to access any part of Sherwood Forest, or other public forests in Nottinghamshire.

We still need your help on fracking

This is our chance to stop the Forestry Commission signing on the dotted line.

So please help us keep up the pressure: if you’ve not yet signed our petition urging the Environment Secretary to save Sherwood Forest from fracking, please do so now.

And if you’ve signed already – please share the petition with your friends and family, and spread the word.

Let’s be clear: even if INEOS backs out of Sherwood Forest entirely, we don’t want to see fracking happen anywhere.

Save Sherwood Forest from fracking

Pictured: Friends of the Earth campaigners handing in the original Sherwood Forest petition

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Campaigners and local residents hand in a petition to Defra against fracking in Sherwood Forest