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Update July 2019 – The site is being abandoned, the well failed to encounter the Bowland shale.

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IGas moved equipment onto this site before they had secured planning permission. They had previously submitted a scoping report to Nottinghamshire County Council in October 2015. Bassetlaw District Council is consulting its lawyers over whether IGas has broken planning rules. More details

IGas Energy plans to construct a shale gas exploration site off the A634 between Barnby Moor and Blyth. Initially IGas plans (PDF) to drill one well to core sample the shale, as well as a number of small monitoring boreholes in vicinity.

French utility company GDF Suez has a 25 percent stake in IGas’s licence block covering the area, PEDL 200. Privately owned multinational chemicals company INEOS has a 20 percent stake in the licence block. The area is in the Gainsborough Trough, a geological formation where the Bowland Shale is thought to contain gas that could potentially be extract. However, this would require coating the area in thousands of fracking wells.

Permit Application/Consultation documents

Planning Applications

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Licensee Planning ID Notes Submitted Decision Status Consultation
IGas EnergyTinker LaneDrill
a single exploration well and three sets of monitoring boreholes, which would contain up to
three boreholes in each set, to sample groundwater and ground gas
IGas EnergyES/3524The exploratory well would be a vertical multi-core well to target the Bowland Shale and Millstone Grit geological formations to assist with the assessment of the shale gas basin in the area. In addition, three sets (with each set containing up to 3 boreholes) of monitoring boreholes would be installed to sample and monitor groundwater and ground gas during the drilling of the exploration well. The proposed development would involve permission for the security cabins already on the site, together with the construction work associated with the development of the well site, the drilling (using a drill rig of a maximum height of 60m) and evaluation of the well and monitoring boreholes and then the decommissioning and restoration of the site back to agricultural use. The development would be for a proposed three year period.16/05/201625/05/2017GrantedClosed

Environmental Permits

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Licensee Permit ID Notes Comments open Comments deadline Status Consultation
IGas EnergyEPR/EB3406XPThe permit authorises the operation of a mining waste operation at Tinker Lane 1 Wellsite, namely the
management of extractive waste from prospecting for mineral resources. The prospecting activities are
targeting rock layers that lie below ground, to a maximum of approximately 1810 metres depth.