February date for decision on IGas Tinker Lane plans in Notts


Tinker Lane. Photo: Bassetlaw Against Fracking

A decision on plans for a second shale gas exploration site in Nottinghamshire has been delayed again.

The county council’s planning committee is now expected to hold a special meeting next month to discuss IGas proposals for a vertical borehole at Tinker Lane, near Blyth and Barnby Moor.

In December, Nottinghamshire County Council announced a decision would made early in 2017.

Today, the council’s planning committee work programme indicated that the decision would be made on Tuesday 21 February 2017.


The application, by the IGas subsidiary, Dart Energy (East England) Ltd is for a multi-core well to take samples from the Bowland Shale and Millstone Grit formations.

It also includes up to nine groundwater and gas monitoring boreholes. It further seeks permission for security cabins already on the site, together with construction work associated with the development of the well site.

The application is for three years and does not propose hydraulic fracturing.

In November, the Environment Agency granted a mining waste permit for the site.

If approved, Tinker Lane would be the second shale gas exploration site in north Nottinghamshire.

On 15 November 2016, planning committee members voted by 7-4 to approve the application by Dart Energy for two shale gas wells at a site at Springs Road, Misson. A Section 106 legal agreement for this site is expected to be finalised in late January 2017,

Link to planning application

Link to committee work programme

Link to DrillOrDrop review of the proposals

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  1. this process looks like a borehole to assess whether there is enough gas to warrant a full drilling operation and frack….impressed to see there are up to nine boreholes to monitor water and gas….we have had none of that kind of monitoring holes in US/Pennsylvania…they want to see if any gas is coming up from the initial assessing borehole/boreholes….It doesn’t say how deep they will be going…and where in all this is your water table…how deep below the surface? and close are any homes and surface water sources / water wells to this proposed site…?

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