Businesses to host key debate on fracking

FRACKING FIELDS? -- a possible site for exploratory shale-gas drilling in Bassetlaw, at Misson Spring Road.
FRACKING FIELDS? -- a possible site for exploratory shale-gas drilling in Bassetlaw, at Misson Spring Road.
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The heated debate on fracking is to take a step forward next month when businesses host a key event in Retford.

Controversial plans for the extraction of shale gas from sites in north Nottinghamshire have sparked fierce arguments, both for and against.

Now the Bassetlaw branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is to host a round-table discussion on fracking at Ye Olde Bell hotel and restaurant at Barnby Moor on Wednesday, November 18.

The discussion will feature not only representatives of the FSB but also campaigners of the Frack Free Nottingham organisation, which opposes the proposals, and officials from IGas Energy, which has identified the Misson Springs site in Bassetlaw to explore shale-gas extraction.

The idea behind the round table is to offer a balanced argument, enabling local businesses to ascertain the potential impact of fracking, demystify what is an emotive topic and also offer a platform to raise any concerns they have.

Members of the FSB and local businesses are invited to attend the event, which starts at 6 pm and will be chaired by the FSB’s environment and energy chief Allen Creedy.