Ineos Shale Granted Access to High Court in Land Access Rights Issue
Ineos Shale has been granted permission to pursue its application to undertake a geophysical survey in Clumber Park in the High Court, the company revealed Thursday.
The case will be heard by a judge who has the power to grant Ineos access to National Trust land, where similar surveys have been carried out before.
“Legal action has been the last resort and we have used powers which prevent landowners from blocking projects which benefit the wider community and the nation as a whole. These surveys are both routine and necessary across the UK, including on National Trust land,” Lynn Calder, commercial director of Ineos Shale, said in a company statement.
“Ineos’ continued investment in shale represents the confidence that it has in its long-term potential. If shale gas proves to be successful in the UK, it provides the UK economy with highly competitive energy and it provides enormous levels of investment and jobs in the North of England where they are desperately needed,” Calder added.
Geophysical surveys have been categorized by the Oil & Gas Authority as ‘non-intrusive’. Ineos said the surveys represent no threat to the landscape and all data gathered would be ‘gifted to the nation for future research’.
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