Updated picture post: Drilling equipment begins arriving at IGas Tinker Lane site

180514 Tinker lane equipment arrives Dave Marris

Equipment delivered to Tinker Lane, IGas site in north Nottinghamshire, 14 May 2018. Photo: Dave Marris

Updated 16 May 2018

A convoy of equipment needed to begin drilling at the IGas site at Tinker Lane in north Nottinghamshire arrived yesterday.

A convoy of eleven heavy goods vehicles arrived at about 10.45am yesterday. Police had been at the site from about 6.30am.

The equipment included the conductor rig to set the conductor pipe – the first layer of steel casing. The rig, a Liebherr LB 16 from P R Marriott, was installed on 16 May 2018 (see below).

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P R Marriotts Liebherr LB 16 auger drilling rig at Tinker Lane, 16 May 2018. Photo used with the owner’s permission

The main drilling rig has yet to be delivered. The company, through its consultant SRL,  told Nottinghamshire County Council on 4 May 2018 it had narrowed down the choice of drilling rig, an HH220 and the Drilltec.

The final choice would “be subject to commercial availability in the marketplace”, the consultant said. The company is seeking permission for both rigs. Link to correspondence on Tinker Lane drilling rig

Campaigners have said they expect IGas will use the HH220 rig belonging to P R Marriotts, which was used to drill a well at Barton Moss in 2003-2014.

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Delivery to IGas site at Tinker Lane, 15 May 2018. Photo: Jennifer Pringle

Today campaigners opposed to operations at the site reported that a delivery was made to the site from the wrong direction (see photo above). This apparently breached a condition of the planning permission, which requires heavy goods vehicle traffic to use the approved route through Blythe.

The county council has said that there is a clause in the legal agreement with IGas which allows HGVs to use different routes in “emergency circumstances”. The vehicle was directed to follow the non-approved route by Nottinghamshire Police and the council did not consider this to be a breach of the planning conditions.

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Tinker Lane, north Nottinghamshire, 12 May 2018. Photo: Eric Walton

180512 Tinker Lane Eric Walton3

Tinker Lane, north Nottinghamshire, 12 May 2018. Photo: Eric Walton

Updated 16 May 2018 with additional photograph and comment from Nottinghamshire County Council on alleged breach of planning permission



12 replies »

  1. Campaigners received this from Mr. Tim Turner, Nottinghamshire County Council following their complaint today regarding the alleged breach.

    All HGV traffic should access the site via the approved route through Blyth.
    However, there is a clause within the legal agreement which provides scope for HGVs to follow a different route in ‘Emergency Circumstances’.
    IGas have advised me that the vehicle was directed to follow the route it took via Barnby Moor by Nottinghamshire Police and this has been confirmed to me separately by the Police.
    As such I consider that the movement will have fallen within the ‘Emergency Circumstances’ clause and would therefore not be in breach of the requirements of the Section 106 Agreement.

  2. And so it begins, no doubt the “Emergency Circumstances” will be the fact that protectors were in the area!

  3. Possibly it was the Police, seeking to facilitate the company going about it’s lawful business. That’s what we expect of the Police.

    • Of course, Shalewatcher [or should we say INEOS?], that is what YOU would expect of the police; now the people – they would expect the police to be able to get on with the public service of stopping the increase in crime, particularly serious crime that has escalated since the Cons have been in governance, instead of being private lackeys for lack-lustre businesses.

  4. There clearly is a problem!

    Everyone can see that here we have greedy capitalists making money through unacceptable practices. Where is there an ecological assessment, where are the wheel washing facilities, where is the traffic management plan?

    Goodness, these landowners operating monoculture across the countryside, subsidised by the rest of us via red diesel, shouldn’t be allowed! The Banks are probably involved too, could be Barclays! Everyone knows there are alternatives available as some other countries follow them. Who needs rape oil when there are perfectly good whales out there to hunt? Just look at Norway and how wealthy they are, so it must be the right way to go.

    Meanwhile, those poor contractors for Igas will need to take vast quantities of Piriton (other brands are available), wash their clothing more frequently and cope with the toxic chemicals being sprayed down those “tram lines” next to their rest rooms. The rest of us, will need to have our pollen filters in our 4X4s changed regularly-where is the bond to pay for this cost to the rest of the community? Absolute disgrace.

    Now for a catchy slogan that might excite a few. Oh yes, rapist and anti rapists, that should work. Then find a few female volunteers to discard their undies in protest of “contaminated” washing lines. Throw in a picture of JC on his allotment. Job done.

    Now I have to deal with the hard bit. How to be Mr. Grumpy for the rest of the week, back in my bat cave.

    (Apologies to Mr. Farmer, but I expect you have suffered similar previously. Hope your attempts at nature conservation are not too badly impacted by drone flying in the middle of the birds nesting season.)

    • ahh yes, in the ‘desolate north’……perhaps they should move along outside of your current residence, or preferably back ‘home’?

  5. Ahh, you want a point Jayne. Novel for the antis, but okay.

    “Flawed windfarm subsidies will add £1.5bn to bills”-The Times 16.5.18. (National Audit Office report.)

    Majority of that paid to Innogy, the German energy giant for their site, Triton Knoll off the Lincolnshire coast. So, not even a UK company reaping the benefits. Where did the “excessive” profits come from? “Due to small fuelled-technology projects pulling up the strike prices being paid to larger projects”. eg. biomass and energy from waste.

    Pretty darned good, these alternatives!?

    I did my bit to add some levity, to overcome the gloom from the last survey of consumer opinions, Jayne, but you drew me back to the real world. Hey ho. I’m sure there will be some grateful we are subsidising our poor German friends. John?

    • This is such an interesting perspective coming from [only] one who supports shale companies that are registered offshore? I wonder if the National Audit Office will put out a true cost of shale report? Now how much is that private security {sorry police} bill? Loss of value of houses in proximity to sites? How much shale gas revenue to the tax coffers to date? (nul point; you have bombed out and are definitely not placed in the Eurovision Wrong Contest…..}

  6. Notice you completely ignored the point made Sherwulfe. But that is the way of the antis. I remember someone who attempted to deflect the findings in the recent survey that showed support for fracking increasing was really more about who also “liked” alternatives! (Shopping on Amazon does that.) Suggest you try a new tactic-the fall back to deflection is a little too obvious now.

    And the community fund from Innogy is, how much?

    I suspect in the future the NAO will do exactly that Sherwulfe when there are real costs and revenues to go by. Speculation will abound in the meantime.

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