Fossil Fuels

Environmental groups have united to criticise Ineos for trying to force the National Trust to allow shale gas testing on its land. Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, the Campaign to Protect Rural England and the WWF are among dozens of charities, academics and anti-fracking groups to have signed a letter to Theresa May protesting against the actions of the petrochemicals group controlled by Jim Ratcliffe. Ineos is bringing legal action against the National Trust after it rejected repeated requests for permission to carry out seismic surveys in its Clumber Park estate in Nottinghamshire. The company wants to force the trust to grant access for the tests to assess how much gas is in the rocks beneath the estate. The letter argues that fracking is an “extremely risky” technique that is “deeply unpopular”, and that there is no need for shale gas. Ineos described the letter as naive, saying that two weeks ago Britain had almost run out of gas. “The letter calls for more, cleaner energy sometime in the future,” Ineos said, “but in the real world our energy is essential to every aspect of life. We have to keep the lights on . . . We can’t leave it to crossed fingers and magical thinking.”

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Published: 13 March 2018