The shale gas company, IGas, has given notice to local people that it is ready to start drilling at one of its sites in north Nottinghamshire.
The Tinker Lane shale gas exploration site, near Blyth, had been expected to be drilled first, followed by Springs Road, Misson.
IGas told residents:
“As per our requirements under the planning permission, we have written to Nottinghamshire County Council to inform them that we intend to commence Phase 2 (drilling). We are required to do this between 7 and 14 days before we intend to commence Phase 2.
“Please note, the commencement of Phase 2 does NOT mean the immediate commencement of drilling but, rather, the allows us to undertake final preparations ahead of the arrival of the drilling rig.”
Site construction work began at Tinker Lane in November 2017 and equipment for the pilot hole began to be delivered in May 2018. In August, the company told investors there had been some delays in final preparations and the first well would be spudded (initial drilling) in the final quarter of the year (DrillOrDrop report)
A spokesperson for Frack Free South Yorkshire said:
“Despite completely failing to gain social licence, against thousands of objections and continual protests, IGas is proceeding to drill for a gas that we do not want and we do not need.
“Last week’s IPCC report made it clear that we have to stop using fossil fuels in the next 12 years. Therefore, the last thing we need is a new source of fossil fuels.
“But IGas and government are not listening. In fact energy minister Claire Perry seems to think we are reliant on gas from Putin when, according to her own department, less than 1% of the gas we use is of Russian origin. If our energy minister’s understanding is so flawed then no wonder poor decisions are being made.”