INEOS has confirmed that it submitted its first planning application for a shale gas well in the UK yesterday.
The proposal is for a well at Bramleymoor Lane, in the village of Marsh Lane, near Eckington, north Derbyshire.
INEOS said the application does not include hydraulic fracturing or pressure testing. The proposal is described as a hydrocarbon exploratory core well and is designed to take samples of rock to test for their gas-producing properties.
The details will not be published until the application has been validated by Derbyshire County Council.
Validation of the application
Opponents of the plans have argued that the application should not be validated because there is a dispute over whether it needs an environmental impact assessment (EIA).
Derbyshire County Council decided in February 2017 that the application did not need an EIA. But at least three individuals and organisations have challenged that decision by appealing to the Communities’ Secretary, Sajid Javid. INEOS has also confirmed that it has asked Mr Javid to rule on the issue.
The Department for Communities and Local Government told DrillOrDrop there would be no ruling on the EIA until after the general election on 8 June.
Derbyshire County Council said today that its legal department had advised that the application could be validated and a public consultation could go ahead before the ruling by the Communities’ Secretary on the EIA.
But a spokesperson added that the council would have to wait for the ruling before deciding whether or not to grant planning permission.
INEOS’s plans for Marsh Lane have prompted opposition locally. Eckington Parish Council, which includes the site, has said it will object. Nearby Dronfield Town Council approved a motion last week (2 May 2017) opposing fracking and expressing what it called “very serious concerns” over the proposed lorry route to Bramleymoor Lane site (link).
There are two events this months about INEOS’s second proposed shale gas site at Common Road, Harthill in the Rotherham Metropolitan Borough area.
Thursday 11 May 2017
INEOS Shale public information event about plans for a vertical well of Common Road in Harthill. 2pm-7.30pm, village hall, Winney Hill, Harthill, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S26 7YL. Details
Monday 15 May 2017
Public meeting about INEOS plans at Harthill, organised by the Parish Council. Speakers include representatives of INEOS Shale: Tom Pickering (Operations Director), Lynn Calder (Commercial Director), Peter Reilly and Gordon Grant (Community Relations). Parishoners only to ensure there is capacity in the village hall. 7pm, Harthill Village Hall, Winney Hill, Harthill, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S26 7YL. Details