Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire is being targeted for shale gas tests
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Britain’s biggest fracking company is trying to force the National Trust to grant it access to a country estate to test for shale gas.
Ineos accused the trust of adopting “overly and overtly political” opposition to fracking and said it would seek to exercise its legal rights to enter the trust’s Clumber Park estate in Nottinghamshire without permission.
The fracking company, run by the billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, applied yesterday to the government’s Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) for access to conduct seismic surveys on the 3,800-acre estate, the former country home of the dukes of Newcastle which the trust purchased in 1945.
Ineos has government licences to explore for gas and oil under 1.2 million acres in England, double the area of the next biggest…