Fracking proposals near Marsh Lane

Many local residents are rightly concerned regarding the proposed commencement of fracking activities off Bramleymoor Lane, near Marsh Lane in the constituency.

Fracking is a new technology for the United Kingdom and has not yet been successfully used at scale in this country.  The proposals from Ineos are to undertake, initially, exploratory works which, if successful, would eventually lead to fracking at Bramleymoor Lane.  The activities would take place on agricultural land and would see the erection of a 60m rig which would drill to around 2,400m into the ground.

As your Member of Parliament, I have consistently opposed this application and will continue to do so.  The strength of feeling amongst local residents against these proposals is clear and unambiguous: they are rightly concerned regarding the potential impact on the area, the detrimental effect of increased lorries and HGVs on local roads, among a number of other reasons.

Status of the Exploratory Drilling Planning Application

In late November, the applicant, Ineos, decided to refer this application away from the original decision-making body, Derbyshire County Council, and instead ask the Planning Inspectorate based in Bristol to make a decision on it.  Whilst Ineos have the right to do this, in my view their actions are inappropriate and highly premature.  Derbyshire County Council decided in February to oppose the planning application when the Planning Committee voted 9 - 1 against it.  We are now waiting the Planning Inquiry scheduled for June to make a decision on this application.

My Objection

I have submitted my own objection to the application for Bramleymoor Lane.  A pdf copy can be found below.  I have also placed a copy of it on my blog - click on "Lee's Blog" in the menu above.

Westminster Hall Debate

In November, I held a debate in Parliament on this application to highlight why I thought Bramleymoor Lane was a completely inappropriate place to frack.  You can watch the debate here:…/7a1d4fd7-c9f3-4f48-b7c0-0e4a9e25d1ce (scroll to 1600).

Get In Touch

If you are a local resident and would like to discuss this more, please do not hesitate to contact me at

More Background Information

You can find more information at the Eckington Against Fracking website:

You can find details of what Ineos is proposing to do here:

Derbyshire County Council also have extensive information regarding fracking:….

Derbyshire County Council rejected fracking at their Planning Committee meeting:…


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