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Shale gas exploration consultation is extended

The consultation for people to give their views on Nottinghamshire’s first planning application for shale gas exploration has been extended by two weeks.

Island Gas Limited (IGas) is seeking planning permission to undertake exploration for shale gas on land off Springs Road, to the north east of Misson in Bassetlaw, which is close to the Nottinghamshire, Doncaster and North Lincolnshire local government boundary.

The consultation period, which started on 28 October, will now stay open until 23 December, following a request for an extension by IGas.

The County Council is carrying out detailed consultation work on the application, seeking the views of over 40 organisations, including statutory consultees, neighbouring local authorities and landowners, County Council departments, national Government departments and agencies and wildlife organisations.

Letters have been sent to nearby residents and notices posted in the local area highlighting how they can get involved and register their comments about the proposals. A new press advertisement will be placed and site notices updated to include the new consultation deadline date.

A copy of the planning application is available to view on the County Council’s website.

Comments about the application can be made at:

The application is for the development of a shale gas well site which would involve the drilling of two exploratory shale gas wells (one vertically and one horizontally) together with ancillary works.

Permission is sought for a temporary period of up to three years, with drilling taking place for approximately 14 weeks for the vertical well and 19 weeks for the horizontal well.  During drilling, operations would take place 24 hours a day. At other times, works would take place between 7am and 7pm, Monday to Friday and 7am and 1pm on Saturdays, with no working on Sundays or Bank holidays.

The vertical well would be drilled to a depth of approximately 3,500 metres and, subject to the results of the vertical well, a second well may be drilled, initially vertically before being directed horizontally in a southerly direction within one of the potentially productive horizons. At its peak there would be an average of 18 HGV and 10 light vehicles visiting the site per day.

IGas is applying to carry out test drilling to check the suitability of the rock for shale gas extraction. The application does not include any proposals for hydraulic fracturing, known as ‘fracking’.

Sally Gill, Planning Manager for Nottinghamshire County Council says: “IGas submitted a request to extend the consultation period for their planning application to explore for shale gas at Springs Road, to the north-east of Misson, earlier this week.

“Given the complexity of the application and the likelihood of a large amount of interest, we have agreed to extend the consultation period by a further two weeks.”

For further information about shale gas development, including the role of other regulatory bodies and the issues the County Council can take into account when determining the application, go to www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/shalegas

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