Councillors in Nottinghamshire will consider plans later this month for what could be the county’s second shale gas well.
The planning application, submitted in May last year by the IGas subsidiary Dart Energy, is for one vertical exploratory well and three groups of groundwater monitoring boreholes. It does not include fracking.
The decision had been scheduled for early this year and then later for a special meeting in February.
But last month Nottinghamshire County Council asked Dart for new information on air quality and held an additional consultation on the plans.
The council said its planning and licensing committee would now consider the plans on Tuesday 21 March at 10.30am. The recommendation of planning officers would be published online on Monday 13 March 2017.
Sally Gill, the council’s planning manager, said today:
“Planning Officers have carefully considered Dart Energy’s planning application and feedback from statutory consultees and members of the public.
“We are now able to confirm that the application will be considered by the Planning and Licensing Committee on Tuesday 21 March.
“Now that the date has been confirmed, we are sending out invitations to local organisations and individuals who have registered an interest to speak at the meeting.”
The Tinker Lane application, submitted by the IGas subsidiary, Dart Energy (East England) Ltd, is for three years and includes:
- One vertical multi-core well to take samples from the Bowland Shale and Millstone Grit formations
- Up to nine groundwater and gas monitoring boreholes in three groups
- Security cabins and fencing already on the site
- Construction work associated with the development of the well site
The application put the depth of the well at 3,300m but the company has since revised this to 1,840m. It said drilling would be 24-hours a day, seven days a week for four months and would require six heavy goods vehicle movements in and six out of the site each day.
Other parts of the operation would be carried out between 7am and 7pm, Monday to Friday and 7am and 1pm on Saturdays, with no work on Sundays or bank holidays. Delivery and removal of the drill rig would generate 13 HGV movements in and out of the site a day over two periods, each of two weeks.
If approved, Tinker Lane would be the second shale gas site to get the go-ahead in Nottinghamshire. In November 2016, the county council approved plans by IGas for two exploration wells at Springs Road, Misson. A legal agreement for this site is currently being negotiated and is expected to be concluded by the end of the month (March 2017).