The campaign against plans to carry out fracking in a north east Derbyshire village has been dealt another blow.
A Government minister has confirmed that an environmental impact assessment (EIA) is not required for the site, on privately-owned land off Bramley Moor Lane, Marsh Lane, near Eckington.
Chemical firm Ineos has applied to Derbyshire County Council to explore for shale gas reserves, which could later lead to fracking. Strategic director for economy, transport and communities at the county council, Mike Ashworth, said: “This planning application does not involve fracking. An environmental impact assessment may be needed if Ineos decides to apply for any other planning permission in the future. Our planning committee considers each planning application on its individual merits and is impartial. Each planning decision is based on objective analysis of evidence, taking into account local and national planning policies and the relevant comments of the public and official consultees such as parish councils.
“No date has been set for the proposal to be considered by the planning committee but we’re committed to making information available to the public every step of the way.”