Ineos Shale: We Won't Drill If We Can't Prove It's Safe
Onshore UK-focused energy company Ineos Shale has confirmed that it will not drill any of its prospects if it cannot prove that its drilling and aftercare operations will be safe.
"We won’t get our permits to drill unless we can prove what we're doing will be safe, not just through the drilling, but in aftercare too."— INEOS Shale (@INEOS_Shale) 23 February 2017
The statement was made in a live social media Q&A session, which was hosted by the Derbyshire Times newspaper.
In the Q&A, Ineos answered questions about why it had chosen to undertake operations in specific areas and repeatedly outlined its focus on the safety of any planned work.
If we cannot address [potential hazards] satisfactorily, we cannot go forward.— INEOS Shale (@INEOS_Shale) 23 February 2017
Ineos Shale holds licence interests across North and South Yorkshire, the East Midlands and Cheshire.
In addition to gathering geological information through 2D and 3D imaging technology, the company is now also planning to carry out some exploration drilling, known as coring wells, which will provide detailed information about rocks below the surface.
Ineos has championed the benefits of a local shale gas sector, claiming such an industry would be good for energy security, addressing climate change and job security.
The energy firm revealed that a local shale sector could provide as many as 64,000 new jobs.
“As we close our coal and nuclear power stations, we will need to find environmentally friendly alternatives if we want to keep our homes warm and the lights on,” Ineos Shale Operations Director Tom Pickering said back in January.
“Gas is one of these environmentally friendly alternatives, and potentially we in the UK have a huge supply of indigenous gas under our own feet,” he added.
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