Logo for the 'Protect Sherhood Forest' project, to save Sherwood Forest from fracking. Graphic: Friends of the Earth

By Gwyn Topham
1 January 2017

(The Guardian) – The latest battleground for the future of fracking in Britain looks set to be Sherwood Forest, the legendary home of folk hero Robin Hood and now the target of a seismic survey by Ineos.

The chemical multinational, which relocated its headquarters back to the UK last month, appears to have agreed terms with the Forestry commission to start burying charges and spend up to two years using “thumper trucks” or vibroseis machines to search for shale gas.

Campaigners have called on the government to block any possible fracking and protect the forest.

According to documents obtained under freedom of information request by Friends of the Earth, Ineos could be working within 200 metres of the Major Oak, a 1,000-year old tree that in folklore sheltered Robin Hood and his merry men. [more]

Robin Hood's Sherwood Forest faces fracking threat

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