Nottinghamshire County Council has confirmed it will resume its consideration later this month of IGas plans for two shale gas exploration wells at Misson, Bassetlaw.
The application will be discussed by the council’s planning and licensing committee at a meeting on Tuesday 15 November.
Councillors delayed their decision on the application, the first for shale gas in the county, on 5 October after a warning that approval could allow illegal actions to be carried out on the site. Details
Planners had recommended the go-ahead for the scheme at Springs Road with 37 planning conditions and a legal agreement on routing of heavy goods vehicles.
But Friends of the Earth, on behalf of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, told the council a covenant on the neighbouring Misson Training Area Site of Special Scientific Interest prevented any noisy or disruptive activities.
Jake White, legal adviser to Friends of the Earth, said in granting planning permission, the council could allow IGas to commit illegal acts.
The committee chair, Cllr John Wilkinson, adjourned the decision to “allow members to receive definitive legal advice”.
IGas wants to drill a vertical well to a depth of 3,500m and another to 4,350m before deviating for up to 1,500m. According to the application, drilling of the wells would last up to 33 weeks. The application does not include fracking but IGas has said it may apply for permission to frack in future.
The meeting reconvenes at 10.30am, at County Hall, Loughborough Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 7QP. Committee agenda
- A second Nottinghamshire IGas application, to drill a shale gas well at Tinker Lane, (A634) between Blyth and Barnby Moor, has been scheduled for discussion by the planning committee meeting on 20 December 2016 or at a standalone meeting near this date.