The Environmental Permit ERA/AB3709LD/A001 for this site has been transferred from IGas to INEOS. IGas has said it has no plans to return to Barton Moss. But in May 2016, an IGas statement to shareholders said it would apply for permission to frack and flow test wells in north west England (details). The company said the results of 3D seismic surveys would determine where they were. The Barton Moss well drilled in 2013/2014 took samples of rock from coal measures and the Bowland shales.
Under new licence commitments for PEDL193, IGas must:
- Acquire new seismic data by 30 June 2018
- Submit a planning application to drill a well by 30 June 2020
- Drill, hydraulically fracture and flow test a well by 30 June 2021