IGas’s plan to explore for shale gas at a site at Misson in north Nottinghamshire now looks unlikely to be decided next month.
Councillors had been expected to decide by the end of July the application for two exploratory boreholes at a former Cold War missile site off Springs Road. But Nottinghamshire County Council said today it would be writing to IGas to ask for more information and a further delay is expected.
The proposal was granted a mining waste permit by the Environment Agency last week. DrillOrDrop report. IGas described this as “an important step” towards exploratory drilling at the site.
But this morning a county council statement said the authority was in the process of drafting a request for the additional information on the planning application. This was needed “to allow a full assessment of all the issues”, the council said.
The full details are not being released before the formal request but a council spokesperson said they concern geology, ecology, landscape and visual impact.
This is the second time the county council has asked for more information about the planning application, validated in October last year.
Another request was made in February 2016 for details about how IGas chose the site, along with information on surface water run-off, ecology, traffic, unexploded ordnance and the likely impacts of shale gas exploration on the landscape. DrillOrDrop report.
A public consultation followed that request and another is expected after this one. The council statement said:
“Subject to IGas’ consideration of this request, the County Council hopes to agree a new determination timetable for the application.
“Once provided, the additional information will be subject to a period of consultation – details of which will be released in due course.”
Springs Road is one of two IGas planning applications to explore for shale gas in Bassetlaw district. Last month, the company submitted another application to the council for a site known as Tinker Lane between Barnby Moor and Blyth. DrillOrDrop report
At Springs Road, Misson, IGas proposes to drill a vertical well to a depth of about 3,500 metres. Depending on the results, it may drill another well vertically to 4,350m, before deviating to horizontal for up to 1,500m. The first well is expected to take 14 weeks of continuous drilling; the second 19 weeks.
Neither Springs Road or Tinker Lane applications include hydraulic fracturing but the company has said it may apply for permission to frack at one or both sites in future.
IGas already has planning permission for groundwater monitoring boreholes at Springs Road.
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