Nottinghamshire receives boreholes planning application

Nottinghamshire County Council has received an application from Island Gas Limited (IGas) seeking planning permission to install monitoring boreholes.

The application is for 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 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 two weeks in each location, and would take place between 07:00 and 19:00 with no drilling on weekends or Bank Holidays.

In May, a scoping request was submitted by Island Gas Limited to Nottinghamshire County Council for exploratory shale gas drilling, in relation to the same site.

The planning application for the monitoring boreholes are 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.

“The Infrastructure Act 2015 includes a requirement for the level of methane in 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 Nottinghamshire County Council’s Planning Manager, Sally Gill.

"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  

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues