You might have seen in the news that petrochemical firm Ineos is seeking to conduct tests to find shale gas at Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire. The case has now been passed to the High Courts by the Oil and Gas Authority.
“Our founding principle is to protect the beautiful places in our care, and we believe Ineos has not yet followed the proper planning process, which would involve them fully considering the potential environmental impacts.
“Clumber Park is a Grade I listed park and gardens, much of which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and visited by over half a million people each year. In our view, Ineos haven’t demonstrated to the Trust why it is necessary to carry out any surveys here or address our other reasons for refusing to grant access.
“We have no wish for our land to play any part in extracting gas or oil. We are already seeing the impacts of climate change at many of our places, and we have launched a programme to dramatically cut our own fossil fuel usage at our properties.
“We’re disappointed by the OGA’s decision but due to the legal status of the case we can’t comment any further at this stage.”