DrillOrDrop is compiling a list of current planning applications for fracking and conventional oil and gas operations. And we’re asking for your help to ensure the list is comprehensive and up-to-date.
Over the next 18 months, we will be attending and reporting on planning meetings where oil and gas applications are decided. We’ll also be looking behind the headlines at the reasons given for the planning decisions. Where decisions are challenged through appeals or judicial reviews, we’ll be there too.
This new project is called Rig Watch. It is part of DrillOrDrop’s aim to provide independent, consistent, accurate and comprehensive coverage of onshore oil and gas drilling in the UK. Rig Watch is supported by the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust (more details here).
All the Rig Watch reports will be posted on DrillOrDrop. We’ve created a page on the menu which will have quick links to the reports.
What do we know?
So far, we know about the following applications, appeals and judicial reviews, listed alphabetically by county. We’ll update this as we hear about new information. Please let us know about any applications that are missing from the list. Please also tell us if any of this information is incomplete or inaccurate. Get in touch here.
Appeal by Alkane against refusal by Derbyshire County Council of permission for exploratory gas drilling at land off Dark Lane, Carllow. Planning inspector visited the site in August 2015 but decision not yet published.
East Riding of Yorkshire
Application 15/03056/STVAR by Rathlin Energy to East Riding of Yorkshire Council for extension of planning permission at West Newton A well site for further three years. Consultation closes 26th October 2015. Decision expected before the end of the year.
Submission CO3715/2015 for a judicial review by Roseacre Awareness Group of Lancashire County Council decision to approve the application by Cuadrilla for a monitoring array in and around Roseacre Wood. Hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice in London to decide if the judicial review can go ahead is expected October 2015. The pro-fracking Onshore Energy Services Group website has a link to what it says is the refusal notice.
Appeal APP/02371/W/15/3130924 and others by Cuadrilla against refusal of permission by Lancashire County Council for a monitoring array at and near Preston New Road and refusals of permission to drill, frack and test at Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road. The company is also appealing against the conditions applied to permission for a monitoring array at Roseacre Wood. A 12-day planning inquiry will hear all the appeals, currently scheduled to start 9th February 2016.
Application NY/2015/ 0233/ENV by Third Energy to North Yorkshire County Council to frack, test and produce at existing KM8 well at Kirby Misperton. Currently scheduled for decision on Monday 1st November 2015. A recommendation of a site visit will be made by planning officers at a meeting on Tuesday 20th October 2015.
Application F/331 by IGas to Nottinghamshire County Council for four groundwater monitoring boreholes at Misson, Bassetlaw. Consultation reopened until 5th October. Decision meeting of 20th October postponed, The council said a possible decision date is 17th November 2015.
Application 2015/1515 by UK Methane to City and County of Swansea for coal bed methane exploratory borehole at Bryntywod, Llangyfelach. Decision meeting date to be confirmed.
Ones to watch
We’ll also be looking out for applications to be submitted by IGas to frack at Misson in Nottinghamshire and to drill for oil at Baxter’s Copse and West Dean in West Sussex.
Please let us know about any other proposals which have not yet reached planning application stage by clicking here