A public inquiry will decide whether IGas should be allowed to test its gas well at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire.
The Planning Inspectorate has published initial details of IGas’s challenge to the refusal of permission for the scheme at its wellsite at Portside North. The date and venue for the inquiry hearings have yet to be confirmed.
The company lodged its appeal last month, just before the deadline.
It is contesting the decision by Cheshire West and Chester Council on 25 January 2018 to refuse planning permission. (DrillOrDrop live updates)
IGas said it was not seeking to frack the well but it was proposing to use acidisation to stimulate gas production. Testing would be in the Pentre chert formation, which IGas said was not shale.
Members of the council’s planning committee decided the application did not comply with local planning policy. This required oil and gas applications to address climate change and make the best of opportunities for renewable energy.
The Portside North Well was drilled in November-December 2014. The original planning permission referred to coal bed methane exploration but the well was drilled 1,000m below the coal measures.
More than 2,200 people objected to the testing application.
Cheshire West and Chester Council said today that all written representations had been sent to the Planning Inspectorate.
People who want to comment on the appeal or change their previous representation can do so by 21 September 2018.
Comments can be made online using the reference APP/A0665/W/18/3207952. They can also be emailed to the case officer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or posted to: Tim Salter, The Planning Inspectorate, Room 3J Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6PN.