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Derbyshire fracking exploration gets green light

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Planning permission for fracking exploration works in Derbyshire has been given the go ahead.

Ineos has won its appeal to look for shale gas deposits in a village north of Chesterfield.

It comes after Derbyshire County Council originally rejected the bid for exploratory mining.

However, the firm has now successfully appealed to the Planning Inspectorate.

“The appeal is allowed and planning permission is granted for the construction of a well site and creation of a new access track, mobilisation of drilling, ancillary equipment and contractor welfare facilities to drill a vertical hydrocarbon exploratory core well and mobilisation of workover rig, listening well operations, and retention of the site and wellhead assembly gear for a temporary period of 5 years on land adjacent to Bramleymoor Lane, near Marsh Lane, Derbyshire,” the decision said.

Residents and anti-fracking protestors in Derbyshire have raised fears about the impact on roads and potential ground water pollution.

INEOS will now install a 60m tall drill on the site to search for shale gas.

It is the second decision Ineos has overturned in recent months, after also successfully appealing a decision to carry out similar works in South Yorkshire.

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