Fracking could happen in Ilkeston says group

A fracking site
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A website by pressure group Greenpeace has claimed that fracking could take place in Ilkeston, along with many other sites across the country.

Homeowners can enter their postcode into the site to see if the controversial technique to extract shale gas could one day occur near their homes.

Type in any Ilkeston postcode and you are met with the message ‘Bad news, you live in an area that could get fracked’.

In fact the entire area covered by the Advertiser, including West Hallam, Stanton-by-Dale, Trowell, Sandiacre, Stapleford and Long Eaton are all in ‘land government is considering for oil and gas drilling, including fracking,’ according to the website.

However both Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire county councils confirmed this week that they have had no applications from any firms wishing to mine shale gas anywhere in either county.

The website has been launched in the same week that Greenpeace is joining protesters from Sussex and Lancashire to launch a legal bid to stop fracking companies drilling beneath people’s homes.

A spokesman said: “Without your permission, or a statutory provision, then fracking companies would be acting unlawfully if they were to drill under your home.

“That’s because in common law if you own your home, then your rights extend to all the ground beneath it.”

Visitors to the website can sign up to the group’s Not For Shale campaign.