Anti-fracking and environmental demonstrators and concerned local residents all gathered at Dansehill Energy Forest near Sutton cum Lound to protest at DART Energy’s plans to drill at the site.
The protestors say the process will release harmful methane gases into the air and water supplies, causing great damage to the environment and the health of local humans, wildlife and farm animals.
There is also a concern that DART are laying the foundations to begin the controversial process of fracking for gas in the future.
But DART say they will only be taking coal samples from the site and they will only be working there for eight to 12 weeks.
“We are against exploratory drilling of any kind and the extraction of gas by unnatural methods,” said one demonstrator, who called herself Keira of the group Frack Free South Yorkshire.
“We don’t want DART coming here and doing any drilling of any sort on our landscape.”
“We are called Frack Free but we are against all exploratory drilling and we were there to make it very clear to DART they are not welcome here.”
Responding to the claims, a spokesman for DART said: “DART Energy will shortly be drilling a coal bed methane exploration well at the site.”
“However all that will happen with this well is that a sample of the coals will be taken for laboratory analysis and the well will then be cemented up and the ground restored to its previous use.”
“We have no plans to de-water the site or remain there and the drill we will be using is a mobile one and will be taken down and removed once we are finished.”