Christians went on an anti-fracking road trip of the East Midlands to meet and pray with communities facing exploration for shale gas.
Members of Christian Climate Action, from a range of denominational backgrounds, visited three sites in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire yesterday (22 August 2017). The sites either have permission for shale gas drilling or companies are seeking consent for exploration.
The sites were:
- Bramleymoor Lane, Marsh Lane, near Eckington, Derbyshire, where INEOS has applied for permission for shale gas exploration
- Tinker Lane, near Blyth, Nottinghamshire, where IGas has permission for an exploratory well.
- Shirebrook Wood, Nottinghamshire, one of several council-owned sites where INEOS is seeking permission for seismic testing
Ruth Jarman, one of those who attended, said:
“Surrounded by beautiful countryside, it was easy to give thanks and praise for God’s creation, but it was hard to imagine a 60 metre high drilling rig towering over the fields.
“It is a mistake to explore for more oil and gas when scientists tell us that we must leave 90% of all known reserves in the ground in order to maintain abundant life on earth as we know it. It felt right to be here.
“We prayed for strength and perseverance for the local opposition groups, and for the repentance and conversion of humanity as we seek to learn to live within our means in God’s earth.”