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Date set for Ellesmere Port inquiry

Ellesmere Port Portside well site

Site (outlined in red) of the IGas Portside North well site at Ellemere Port. Source: planning application to Cheshire West and Chester Council

The public inquiry into IGas plans to test its gas well at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire will be in January next year (2019).

The hearing will last for six days, from 15-18 January and 22-23 January. It will be chaired by the planning inspector, Brian Cook. The venue has yet to be decided.

Dates have also been set for the submission of comments and evidence (see Key dates below).

IGas appealed in July 2018 against the refusal of its application to test the well at Portside North by Cheshire West and Chester Council .

The council’s planning committee voted on 25 January 2017 to refuse permission. It said the scheme did not comply with local planning policy requiring oil and gas applications to address climate change and make the best use of opportunities for renewable energy.

The Portside North well was drilled in November-December 2014. IGas has said it was not seeking to frack the well but was proposing to use acidisation to stimulate gas production. The company said the testing would be in the Pentre Chert formation, which it said was not shale.

Key dates

21 September 2018: Comments from interested parties to be sent to the Planning Inspectorate

21 September 2018: Cheshire West and Chester Council to submit its case

5 November 2018: Submission of statement of common ground

10 December 2018: Submission of proofs of evidence

21 December 2018: Submission of witnesses names and durations of statements, evidence and cross-examination

15 January 2019: Inquiry opens

23 January 2019: Inquiry scheduled to close

Comments can be made online using the reference APP/A0665/W/18/3207952. They can also be emailed to the case officer (tim.salter@pins.gsi.gov.uk) or posted to: Tim Salter, The Planning Inspectorate, Room 3J Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6PN.

Links

Planning Inspectorate page for the inquiry

 

8 replies »

    • Fact. Cuadrilla’s Becconsall and Singleton sites.Initial plans passed. Failed applications since. No gas extracted from proven shale deposits. Sites shut down.

  1. The public inquiry into IGas plans to test its gas well at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire will be in January next year (2019).

    Fact.

    How many oil and gas PIs have been refused John?

    And the outstanding response on CBLs that you are so experienced in?

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