From the Guardian - Friends of the Earth tells Nottinghamshire council that planned exploratory drilling would harm nature reserve
"A bid to open a new fracking frontier in the east Midlands has been dealt a blow after a last-minute intervention by conservationists who warned that it was unlawful and would harm an “incredibly important” nature reserve.
Energy firm iGas had sought planning permission to drill two wells to explore for shale gas at a former Ministry of Defence missile launchpad known as the Rocket Site in Misson, north Nottinghamshire.
But lawyers for Friends of the Earth told councillors on Wednesday that they would be “authorising the commission of illegal acts” if they gave the green light to the scheme on the protected fenland, which is home to rare species including long-eared owls and lichens.
The 11th-hour intervention came during a make-or-break week for fracking in the UK and could have significant ramifications for future shale gas explorations near protected areas."
The full article can be read here.