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Public inquiry over Ineos plans for shale gas drilling at Woodsetts gets underway

Anti-fracking campaigners stage protest at public inquiry Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A public inquiry has started into whether a chemical company should be allowed to carry out exploratory drilling in a South Yorkshire village.

Woodsetts near Rotherham Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Ineos wants permission to conduct tests for shale gas in Woodsetts near Rotherham - in a process which could pave the way for fracking.

The company appealed to the planning inspectorate after its plans were rejected twice by councillors.

Residents in Woodsetts, crowdfunded to help pay for a lawyer to oppose the application.

Sam Casey reports.