Fracking public inquiry to be held in Chesterfield

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A public inquiry which will decide whether fracking tests can be carried out in a north Derbyshire village will be held in Chesterfield later this year.

Oil and chemical firm Ineos wants to explore for shale gas reserves on land off Bramley Moor Lane, Marsh Lane, near Eckington.

The company wants to erect a drilling rig up to 60 metres tall and drill around 2,400 metres below the ground to investigate the suitability of the rock for 'fracking' – the process of injecting water and chemicals at high pressure into rocks deep underground to create tiny cracks so shale gas can flow up a well to the surface and be collected.

The public inquiry - starting on June 19 and lasting eight days - will decide whether Ineos should be granted planning permission for the development – with the final decision being taken by a planning inspector on behalf of the Government.

It is due to start at 10am at the Assembly Rooms inside the Market Hall on Soresby Street.

In February, the county council’s planning committee voted by a majority of nine to one to oppose the proposal at the inquiry.

Derbyshire County Council said anyone wishing to appear at the inquiry should be present at the start on the first day to make this known, or arrange for a representative to do this.