Fears over fracking gas site in Lincolnshire
ASSURANCES have been given that a site earmarked for a temporary exploratory oil well will not lead to 'fracking' of shale gas.
A public meeting has taken place into plans by Egdon Resource Ltd who have applied to Lincolnshire County Council for temporary planning permission for the exploratory oil well at Biscathorpe.
There were fears that the application could head to fracking of shale gas but the company has given assurances that this will not take place here - confirming that the geology of the area would not be suitable for such an activity.
A spokesman said: "There has been a lot of recent news about the potential for shale-gas in the UK and the opportunity and concerns which its extraction presents, particularly in relation to the use of Hydraulic Fracturing in the production process.
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"Egdon are always open and transparent in relation to our planned operations and we can unequivocally state that as detailed in our planning application, no fracking will take place as part of the current or future operations at Biscathorpe."
The company has also given a legal undertaking with the landowner of the proposed site that no shale-gas, shale-oil or gas storage activities will be undertaken on the site.
The British Geological Survey has also independently confirmed that the required geological conditions for such activity are not present in this area.
Martin Scutt, who led the public meeting attended by around 90 people, said there were a number of concerns raised.
He said: "A lot of people do not want to see any kind of development down at Biscathorpe.
"When we first looked at the website they were exploring the possibility of shale gas but were not specific on which areas.
"This is something which could have been cleared up much earlier.
"We were also concerned because as a parish, we have not been asked for our views. Donington-on-Bain parish boundary is just 0.8km from the site.
"People are very concerned about traffic and the number of vehicle movements in the construction phase.
"It is a beautiful place and a unique site.
"People are not going to be impressed by hundreds of lorries coming through for the construction part."
There were also concerns on the environmental impact on the Bain and the area as a whole, lying within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Those attending the meeting were asked to send in their views in time of the deadline of October 4.
Biff Vernon, a local environmental campaigner, outlined the several local issues concerning oil production from this site, but also raised the wider concern of global warming.
Environmental campaigners have now organised a walk along the Viking Way to Biscathorpe on October 13, meeting at 12 noon on the green in Donington-on-Bain.
Kat Boettge, the Green Party East Midlands candidate for the European Parliament, will be attending.