Council Officials Recommend Approval for IGas Fracking Application

Officials at Nottinghamshire County Council have recommended the approval of IGas’ onshore drilling application in the North of England.

Councillors are scheduled to meet October 5 to consider the county’s first planning application for exploratory drilling for shale gas. The application, submitted by Island Gas Limited in October last year, is for the development of a temporary well site, which would involve the drilling of two exploratory shale gas wells to explore the rock geology below the ground to find out if it is likely to contain shale gas.

The development site – a former Cold War missile launch site - is off Springs Road, around two miles north east of Misson in Bassetlaw and close to the Nottinghamshire, Doncaster and North Lincolnshire local government boundary. Experts believe that the Bowland Hodder Shale, a rock strata lying beneath northern and central England, could contain significant supplies of shale gas.

If the application is approved, the first well would be drilled vertically to around 11,482 feet with a further well drilled vertically and then horizontally in a southerly direction towards Misson.

"After very careful review, planning officers have recommended to the Planning and Licensing Committee that the development is appropriate for the industrial site,” said Sally Gill, Planning Manager for Nottinghamshire County Council.

"Island Gas has been able to demonstrate how they intend to make sure that the effects of the drilling can be effectively managed to make sure they do not become unacceptable to the local area and local community,” she added.

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