Claim that town ‘could be fracked’

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A website by pressure group Greenpeace has claimed that fracking could take place in the Belper area, along with many other sites across the country.

Homeowners can enter their postcode into the site to see if the controversial technique to extract shale gas could one day occur near their homes.

Type in any Belper postcode and you are met with the message ‘Bad news, you live in an area that could get fracked’.

In fact the entire area covered by the News, including places such as Heage, Crich, Little Eaton, Duffield, Ambergate and other areas are all in ‘land government is considering for oil and gas drilling, including fracking,’ according to the website.

Thirty-five people living in and around Belper have signed the website’s petition to David Cameron against fracking and joined Greenpeace’s Not for Shale legal block campaign to support residents in fracking-affected communities to challenge the Government and the companies trying to drill in their immediate area.

A Greenpeace spokesman said: “Without your permission, or a statutory provision, then fracking companies would be acting unlawfully if they were to drill under your home.

“That’s because in common law if you own your home, then your rights extend to all the ground beneath it.”

Both Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire County Councils have confirmed they have so far had no applications from any firms wishing to mine shale gas in the area.