FRACKING firm Ineos has submitted a planning application for an exploratory test well at Harthill.
Shale operations director Tom Pickering said: “This well is an another important step in helping us understand the local geology.
“I am keen and willing to continue our engagement with the community through a formal community liaison group.”
Campaign group Harthill Against Fracking has accused Ineos of downplaying the potential effects of drilling on the environment.
Rotherham Borough Council’s period of consultation closes on July 21 and the application is expected to be heard by the planning board.