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Planning and Licensing Committee to consider application for groundwater monitoring boreholes

A planning application to install groundwater monitoring boreholes on land off Springs Road, to the north-east of Misson in Bassetlaw, is to be considered by members of the County Council’s Planning and Licensing Committee when it meets on January 19.

The application has been submitted by Island Gas Limited (IGas) for the site, which is close to the Nottinghamshire, Doncaster and North Lincolnshire local government boundary. The site is a former Cold War rocket launch site with industrial units, close to Robin Hood airport.

The proposed development would involve drilling of up to 12 boreholes across four locations, to monitor groundwater. The drilling would be undertaken over a period of up to two weeks in each location, and would take place between 7am and 7pm with no drilling on weekends or Bank Holidays.

In May last year a scoping request was submitted by IGas to the County Council for exploratory shale gas drilling, in relation to the same site.

The planning application for the monitoring boreholes is associated with exploratory shale gas drilling, and would help establish existing groundwater conditions. The boreholes would be monitored for a period of at least 12 months, and may be required for a longer period depending on the outcome of any future exploratory drilling application.

There has been a full and detailed consultation with the local community and no hydraulic fracturing would be undertaken as part of the application, which the Committee is being recommended to approve.

IGas has separately submitted a planning application for exploratory drilling at the site and it will be considered by the County Council’s Planning and Licensing Committee later this year

“The Infrastructure Act 2015 includes a requirement for groundwater to be monitored for a period of 12 months before any associated hydraulic fracturing – which would require a separate planning application - can begin,” said Sally Gill, the Council’s group manager for planning.

"The proposed development would assist IGas in collecting the necessary monitoring information”.

For further background information on shale gas exploration, the planning process and other types of oil and gas extraction in Nottinghamshire, visit www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/shalegas