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 hugely regret the decision to grant approval for exploratory drilling at the site.  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

The application for exploratory drilling was determined by the Planning Inspector in mid August.  The application was, sadly, approved.  This means that Ineos can drill to assess how much gas is under Bramleymoor Lane.  Ineos have not yet provided a timeline for when they will be doing this.

My Objection

Despite the approval, I remain of the view that the application is inappropriate for Bramleymoor Lane.  You can find out more details why from my original objection, a copy of which can be found below.  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 Debates

In November 2017, 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).

In September 2018, I held a further debate in Parliament on the proposals by the Government (which I oppose) to allow fracking to be approved by the permitted development and "Nationally Significant Infrastructure Programme" routes.  These would effectively take local people out of the planning process for fracking.  You can watch the debate here:

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

There are two very active community groups in our area who work tirelessly to stop fracking: Eckington Against Fracking ( and Coal Aston & Dronfield Against Fracking (

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

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


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