Residents have raised half the money they need to begin a legal challenge against the approval of shale gas drilling in the South Yorkshire village of Harthill.
Earlier this month, a government-appointed inspector granted planning permission to Ineos to drill and test an exploration well on land off Common Road. This followed an eight-day public inquiry in Rotherham in April and May 2018. DrillOrDrop page on Harthill public inquiry
Now residents are seeking to challenge that decision through a judicial review. The local campaign group said:
“Harthill Against Fracking have to raise an additional £10,000 for legal fees to appeal against the recent decision by the Planning Inspectorate. We need everyone’s help. Please donate, however big or small and we can continue the fight.”
The group is raising money through pledges and donations to an online crowd-funder. At the time of writing, the website had raised more than £1,100 in four days.
Deborah Gibson, of Harthill Against Fracking, told DrillOrDrop:
“We are half way to the initial £10,000 we need to start the judicial review process and will continue to fundraise for the remainder if we have permission from the courts to proceed.”
Harthill Against Fracking (HAF) and individual residents had argued at the inquiry that it had been disadvantaged by the lack of public consultation on revised traffic plans proposed by Ineos. The proposals included more than 20 additional passing places on the lorry route to the site and the use of Stop-Go boards on two sections of road.
HAF asked for a four-week adjournment. The inspector, Stephen Roscoe, ruled that the new traffic plans were not a significant amendment to the scheme. He gave local people several days to consider the new proposals.