INEOS Shale has submitted an application for a mining waste permit for its proposed gas exploration site in the village of Marsh Lane in north east Derbyshire.
The company has already applied to Derbyshire County Council for planning permission for the vertical well at the site at Bramleymoor Lane. The plans do not include fracking. More details
The permit application is being considered by the Environment Agency. Work cannot go ahead until the site has both planning permission and the permit consent
INEOS said in the application it considered the environmental risk from the well to be “very low”.
The company added:
“INEOS Shale will take all necessary measures to prevent or reduce waste production and its harmfulness, to encourage the recovery of extractive waste by means of recycling, reusing or reclaiming such waste, where this is environmentally sound and ensure short and longterm safe disposal of the extractive waste.”
No public comments
INEOS has applied for what is called a standard rules permit, which is not subject to a publc consultation. A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said:
“We do not normally consult on individual standard rules permit applications as the risks have been identified and consulted upon in the national consultation. We consulted on these standard rules during a twelve week period between 23 March and 15 June 2015.
“The application from Ineos was received this week and published online to give people access to the information. Standard Rules Permits set out the required standards that operators must meet. We will now assess their application to ensure they meet those standards.”
The application covers the management of extractive waste from drilling, coring and testing the proposed vertical well.
It lists the following waste that is likely to be produced at the site:
- Spent drilling mud
- Drill cuttings
- Spent spacer fluid
- Spent suspension fluid
- Cement returns
- Produced and or formation water
INEOS said there would be no treatment or disposal of extractive wastes on the site surface, other than screening and separating drill cuttings, spacer fluids, drilling fluids and mud.
If approved, the development would have up to five stages.
- Stage 1: Site Development and Establishment – approximately 3 months
- Stage 2: Drilling and Coring – approximately 3 months
- Stage 3: Maintenance of the Suspended Well Site – within the 5 years lifetime of the site
- Stage 3a: Possible Workover of the Suspended Well – up to 1 month
- Stage 4: Use of the Well as Listening Well– approximately 3 weeks
- Stage 5: Decommissioning and Restoration – approximately 2 months.
The proposals have attracted opposition in Marsh Lane and surrounding villages.
Updated 26/5/2017 with comment from the Environment Agency