A shale gas company seeking to do tests on council land will have waited at least a year by the time it gets a decision.
Nottinghamshire County Council announced today it had added restrictions on where and how INEOS can carry out 3D seismic surveys.
The first two shale gas exploration sites in Nottinghamshire got final approval this morning.
INEOS has confirmed it will begin seismic surveys for shale gas next month in parts of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough.
The chemical company, INEOS, is facing months of delays over access to council-owned land to carry out surveys for shale gas.
Work at IGas’s shale gas site near Misson in north Nottinghamshire looks unlikely to start until at least June.
Earlier this week, researcher Russell Scott questioned whether restoration bonds for shale gas sites could protect communities. In this Guest Post, Chris Hesketh responds that they are a valuable campaign tool.
Councillors in Nottinghamshire have backed IGas’s plans for a second shale gas site in the county – but by a margin of just one vote.
Council planners in Nottinghamshire were initially unable to work out the value of a financial bond covering restoration of the Misson shale gas site because the operator, IGas, didn’t give them enough information.
As councillors in Nottinghamshire prepare to consider a financial guarantee for what could be county’s second shale gas site, researcher and anti-fracking campaigner, Russell Scott, asks can bonds protect communities and do they risk setting a dangerous precedent?