Conservative-controlled Nottinghamshire County Council is looking at options to ensure IGas restores the Springs Road shale gas site at Misson.
The site has been mothballed since 2019 and has had no planning permission since councillors refused to extend its life in July 2021.
The company declined to appeal against the refusal.
But with the lifting of the moratorium on fracking in England last month, Misson residents have sought assurance that restoration would still go ahead.
The work must be carried out before the end of January 2023 to protect birds in the adjacent site of special scientific interest.
In a letter to Cllr Richard Butler, chair of Nottinghamshire’s planning committee, a group of residents, said:
“We … respectfully but firmly request that you pursue this issue as a matter of urgency, if necessary, implementing a restoration order to ensure the work is completed in a timely manner.”
They referred in their letter to a message last month from IGas development director, Ross Glover, who said:
“Until we have further clarity from government on what the various announcements mean, we are not bringing forward any concrete proposals.”
In his reply to residents, Cllr Butler said he was aware of comments made by IGas about shale gas. He said:
“The mothballed exploratory site at Misson Springs no longer has planning permission and the requirement to restore the site remains in place and is unaffected by the recent national announcements.
“The County Council is expecting to see IGas commence restoration works very shortly and options to take this matter forward and ensure the restoration of the site, if this is not advanced, are being looked into.”
Previous communication between council planning officers and the local campaign group, Frack Free Misson, indicated that a rig for plugging and decommissioning the well had been booked for October 2022.
Cllr Butler said the council would keep villagers informed if it received a start date for the work.
A majority of people in Misson have opposed IGas’s plans and operations at Springs Road.
Misson Parish Council and Bassetlaw District Council, along with local wildlife organisations and more than 70 people, objected to the extension of the site’s life. There were no public comments in support. The county council’s planning committee voted to refuse by 12 votes, with one abstention.
IGas restored another Nottinghamshire shale gas site at Tinker Lane in 2019 after the well failed to find the Bowland Shale.
DrillOrDrop invited IGas to comment on the correspondence.