After years of complaints from local residents, the City Hospital has only just stopped burning coal. That follows a campaign backed by Nottingham Friends of the Earth. This is one of the last coal-fired boilers in the city.
In June 2017, Friends of the Earth groups around the country were asking people to write to their MPs to “call for urgent and effective action to clean up our illegally polluted air and phase out dirty diesel vehicles.”
Exploratory drilling for coal bed methane near Retford has been delayed, but not stopped.
A small subsidiary of an Australian company, Dart Energy (East England) Ltd, has permission to drill in Daneshill Energy Forest, four miles north of Retford. That will mean drilling through an aquifer close to Daneshill Lakes which is a wildlife site.
Wind turbines supported by Nottingham Pro-Wind Alliance are now being installed at Awsworth and Woodborough.
Severn Trent is erecting wind turbines at sites near Leicester, Derby and Nottingham, including a large turbine at its Newthorpe sewage treatment works near Awsworth. This was the first turbine supported by Nottm ProWA in 2010, approved by Broxtowe in 2011.
Nottinghamshire's Minerals Plan is up for review. Amongst other things it includes policies for extracting hydrocarbons. In the past the county has been a major source of coal. In the future large parts of the county could be fracked for shale gas and coal bed methane.
On 1st September, Nottingham Friends of the Earth decided to do something different than its regular gathering of petition signatures.