INEOS gave some details this afternoon of another proposed shale gas exploration site.
It is west of the village of Woodsetts, near Rotherham.
The company has already submitted planning applications for exploratory drilling at Bramleymoor Lane, in the village of Marsh Lane, in north Derbyshire, and at Common Road, Harthill, in Rotherham borough (see map below).
On Monday, the company said it had been granted an injunction preventing obstruction or interference to work at these sites. A High Court order also covered potential designated traffic routes to the exploration sites, as well as company offices, and premises or equipment belonging to contractors in its supply chain. DrillOrDrop report
Last month, INEOS sent a pre-action legal letter to the National Trust warning of court action if it was now allowed access to land at Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire to carry out seismic surveying. DrillOrDrop report
INEOS is privately opened by Jim Ratcliffe and holds 1.2m acres of oil and gas exploration licences in the UK, about double that of its nearest rival.
It has committed to drill 28 vertical wells and frack another 11 horizontal wells in the next four years across English licences issued last year.
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INEOS said the site near Woodsetts was south of Dinnington Road but it was unable to provide any more information about the location.
In a statement, it said geological data had highlighted the site for further exploratory work which, it said, would help inform possible future shale extraction in the area.
The company said it was working on preparatory surveys ahead of submission of an application for the test drilling. It was waiting to hear from Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council whether an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) would be needed. EIAs were not needed for the other two applications.
INEOS’s PR company said no other detail was available about the Woodsetts project so it is not known whether the site will have vertical or horizontal wells and whether fracking would be carried out there.
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