INEOS gave some details this afternoon of another proposed shale gas exploration site.
It is west of the village of Woodsetts, near Rotherham.
The company has already submitted planning applications for exploratory drilling at Bramleymoor Lane, in the village of Marsh Lane, in north Derbyshire, and at Common Road, Harthill, in Rotherham borough (see map below).
On Monday, the company said it had been granted an injunction preventing obstruction or interference to work at these sites. A High Court order also covered potential designated traffic routes to the exploration sites, as well as company offices, and premises or equipment belonging to contractors in its supply chain. DrillOrDrop report
Last month, INEOS sent a pre-action legal letter to the National Trust warning of court action if it was now allowed access to land at Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire to carry out seismic surveying. DrillOrDrop report
INEOS is privately opened by Jim Ratcliffe and holds 1.2m acres of oil and gas exploration licences in the UK, about double that of its nearest rival.
It has committed to drill 28 vertical wells and frack another 11 horizontal wells in the next four years across English licences issued last year.
INEOS said the site near Woodsetts was south of Dinnington Road. There is no other information about the location.
In a statement, it said geological data had highlighted the site for further exploratory work which, it said, would help inform possible future shale extraction in the area.
The company said it was working on preparatory surveys ahead of submission of an application for the test drilling. It was waiting to hear from Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council whether an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) would be needed. EIAs were not needed for the other two applications.
The INEOS website says the company proposes to drill a vertical well to extract a core sample of rock. This will identify the geological characteristics and gas-producing properties. A Pressure Transient Test would be carried out on the well to establish whether the area would be suitable for shale gas production.
Tom Pickering, INEOS Shale Operations Director, said:
“This project is another step forward for INEOS Shale and our plans to learn more about the geology of our license areas. Throughout this process we will consult local people to make them fully aware of the latest developments.”
Events and dates related to INEOS applications and sites
Thursday 10 August 2017
Expected deadline for comments on INEOS Shale’s planning application for a shale gas well at Bramleymoor Lane, Marsh Lane, north east Derbyshire.
Tuesday 15 August 2017
INEOS Community Exhibition, 2.30pm-7pm, Creswell Social Centre, Elmston Road, Cresswell S80 4BH. Details
Alternative anti-fracking exhibition, 2.30pm-7pm, The Black Diamond, 172 Elmton Road, Creswell S80 4BH. Details
Wednesday 23 August 2017
Bright Blue Energy and Climate Change Forum: How can Government by both pro-business and pro-environment? Speakers are Tom Burke, of think tank E3G, and Tom Pickering, Operations Director at INEOS Upstream. 7pm-8.30pm, The Spying Room, The Morpeth Arms, 58 Millbank, London SW1P 4RW. Details and to register
Monday 4 September 2017
Anti-fracking exhibition, 4pm-9pm, Langwith Bassett Community Hall, Rectory Road, Upper Langwith, Mansfield, NG20 9RF. Presentation 7:30pm-9pm.
Tuesday 5 September 2017
INEOS Community Exhibition, 2.30pm-7pm Langwith Basset Community Hall, Rectory Road, Upper Langwith, Mansfield NG20 9RF. Details
Tuesday 12 September 2017
Hearing at the High Court in London on interim injunction granted to INEOS Upstream against interference and obstruction of its work. Details
Monday 2 October 2017
INEOS Community Exhibition, 2.30pm-7pm Warsop Ex-servicemen’s Club, Car Lane, Mansfield NG20 0BN. Details
Alternative anti-fracking exhibition, 2.30pm-7pm, Warsop Town Hall, Church Street, Warsop NG20 0AL. Details
DrillOrDrop interview with Lynn Calder, INEOS Shale commercial director