IGas said this morning it had begun drilling its shale gas well at Misson Springs in north Nottinghamshire.
This is the company’s second exploration well in the area. The first, at Tinker Lane, failed to find the target Bowland Shale formation and the site has been cleared. DrillOrDrop report.
IGas said in a statement to investors in the past hour:
“IGas is pleased to announce the spud of the Springs Road-1 exploration well at Misson Springs, in North Nottinghamshire.
“This exploratory well is a vertical well targeting the Bowland Shale geological formation.
“This is the second well that forms part of an integrated exploration and appraisal programme to better define the basin and is located in the central basin area.”
Opponents of IGas’s activities at Misson established a protection camp near the site just over a year ago when construction work began.
The company has permission to drill two wells at the site at Misson Springs, which was a former Cold War missile test ground. It reportedly plans to drill the vertical well first and appraise the results before starting to drill the horizontal well which will take considerably longer.
Local people reported drilling continued during the day and into the night.
More pictures of Misson Springs on DrillOrDrop’s photo page and key facts on our timeline