IGas Energy submit new scoping request for considertation
A new scoping request has been submitted by IGas Energy Plc (May 2015) to Nottinghamshire County Council for an alternative site for exploratory shale gas drilling.
The alternative site is located off Springs Road, to the north-east of Misson in Bassetlaw and is close to the Nottinghamshire / Doncaster / North Lincolnshire local government boundary. The new site is approximately 200 metres to the north-east of the previously considered site.
IGas submitted the original scoping request in late January and, following consultation, the County Council issued its scoping opinion response in March, setting out the information IGas would need to cover in its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), as part of any future planning application.
The submission of a scoping request is the first step towards preparing an EIA, which would need to be submitted as part of a future planning application to undertake shale gas development in Nottinghamshire.
IGas Energy has already undertaken limited site investigations, including seismic land survey, at a site to the north-east of Misson in Bassetlaw.
Nottinghamshire County Council has five weeks to comment on the new scoping request which sets out the environmental issues IGas Energy consider they need to include as part of any future planning application.
The County Council will review the new scoping request carefully to assess the environmental issues the firm intends to highlight in its Environmental Impact Assessment. The County Council will be looking for IGas Energy to include information about how it will:
- Safeguard local water resources and wildlife habitats
- Ensure safe access to and from the site for vehicles and other highway issues
- Manage noise from the site
- Restore the site.
The County Council will inform IGas of its response in a new scoping opinion document.
If the firm decides to submit a planning application, the development will involve exploration of the site using test drilling to check the suitability of the rock for shale gas extraction. No hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’ would be undertaken as part of this application.
The County Council will consult over 40 organisations including Bassetlaw District Council, Natural England and the Environment Agency in drawing up its scoping opinion.
Members of the public will have the opportunity to comment on any proposal when and if a subsequent planning application is submitted by IGas Energy.