Opponents of proposals to drill for oil in Lincolnshire are seeking to challenge planning permissions for sites at North Kelsey and Biscathorpe.
Egdon Resources got the go-ahead to drill at both sites from Lincolnshire County Council last month. DrillOrDrop report
But two community action groups – Friends of Moortown against Drilling and S.O.S Biscathorpe – have now instructed lawyers to lodge judicial reviews of the decisions at the High Court.
The news, announced today, follows moves in the past week by campaigners in South Yorkshire to challenge permission to Ineos for shale gas drilling at Harthill. DrillOrDrop report.
The challenge against the North Kelsey decision is being sought on two grounds. One of the campaigners, Elizabeth Williams, said:
“Permission for North Kelsey includes hundreds if not thousands of extra traffic movements through a conservation village Holton-le-Moor, ending on a single-track road to the site used by walkers, cyclists, equestrians and farm traffic.”
The campaigners are seeking to challenge the Biscathorpe decision on the risk to groundwater. The planning permission allows Egdon to discharge treated site fluid into a nearby chalk stream at up to 5 litres per second, Ms Williams said.
“When asked how contamination of a rare aquatic ecosystem can be 100% avoided – Egdon Resources say only pure water will be discharged into the stream.
“As any ecologist will tell us, even the purest of water introduced at this rate into a delicate ecosystem can result in an imbalance in the fragile micro-habitats.
“And how on earth can there be a guarantee that no accident will happen through system failure, human error or severe weather events. Or a perfect storm of all three.”
The campaigners are raising money online to support the challenge. At the time of writing, 68 people had raised nearly £4,500.
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