Bramleymoor Lane FAQ’s

Bramleymoor Lane FAQ’s

  • 1. What are you planning to do?

    INEOS is preparing a planning application for a temporary permission to drill a vertical core well to explore for shale gas on land adjacent to Bramleymoor Lane, located approximately 0.5 km to the southwest of the settlement of Marsh Lane, Derbyshire.  The well will be drilled to a depth of approximately 2,400m and core samples of the rock will be taken at target formations and sent to a laboratory to identify the geological characteristics of the rock and its gas-producing properties. No hydraulic fracturing on the well would be undertaken.

  • 2. How long will operations last?

    Stage 1: Site Development and Establishment – approximately 3 months

    Stage 2: Drilling and Coring – approximately 3 months

    Stage 3: Establishment as Listening Well and Suspension – approximately 1 week with the suspended well in place until restoration

    Stage 4: Undertaking Listening Well Operations – up to 3 weeks as required

    Stage 5: Abandonment and Restoration – approximately 1 month

    The overall duration of the Proposed Development would be a maximum of five years

  • 3. What hours do you work?

    Activities in Stage 1 would take place over approximately 3 months, 0700-1900 Monday to Friday and 0700 – 1300 on Saturday, with no working on Sunday or Bank/Public Holidays unless in an emergency or agreed otherwise with the MPA.

    Activities in Stage 2 would take place over approximately 3 months. Drilling would take place over 24 hours to maintain the stability of the well and minimise the drilling period. Mobilisation and demobilisation, and routine deliveries would only take place 0700-1900 Monday to Friday and 0700 – 1300 on Saturday, with no working on Sunday or Bank/Public Holidays unless in an emergency or agreed otherwise with the MPA.

    Activities to suspend the well (once the rig is removed from site) and maintenance visits would take place 0700-1900 Monday to Friday and 0700 – 1300 on Saturday, with no working on Sunday or Bank/Public Holidays, unless in an emergency or agreed otherwise with the MPA.

    Stage 4 operations would last for a maximum of 3 weeks, 0700-1900 Monday to Friday with no working on Saturday, Sunday or Bank/Public Holidays, unless in an emergency or agreed otherwise with the MPA.

    Activities in Stage 5 would last approximately 1 month and take place 0700-1900 Monday to Friday and 0700-1300 on Saturday, with no working on Sunday or Bank/Public Holidays unless in an emergency or agreed otherwise with the MPA. Aftercare would take place within the landowner’s existing management schedule.

  • 4. How big is the site?

    Approximately one hectare (100m x 100m) excluding the access track.

  • 5. How much traffic will be involved?

    A Traffic Management Plan will be prepared to accompany the planning application that will ensure vehicles are directed to the most appropriate local roads to avoid more sensitive receptors wherever possible. Staff would be transported to site by a minibus to minimise private car use to site.

    During site construction, for the majority of the stage there would be fewer than 10 HGV (vehicles >7.5 tonnes) movements per day, equating to 5 HGVs entering and leaving the site. On up to 20 days there would be more than 10 HGV movements, including a short period of time (approximately 2 weeks) with up to 100 movements per day (up to 9 per hour over a 12 hour day) when aggregate is brought to surface the site.

    During drilling, again there would be fewer than 10 daily HGV movements for most of the period, with periods at the beginning and end of the drilling stage of between 20 and 50 HGV movements daily (2-5 per hour over a 12 hour day). In addition, there would be up to 16 movements >32 tonnes at the start and end of the stage as the rig is mobilised and demobilised (no more than 6 per day).

    Stages 3 to 5 would have less associated traffic movements.

  • 6. Under which regulations will the well be drilled?

    The proposals would be managed in accordance with the Borehole Sites & Regulations 1995, the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1992, the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007, the Offshore Installations & Wells (Design & Construction etc.) Regulations 1996, and other relevant legislation. Environment Agency guidance for onshore oil and gas development (August 2016) will also be followed in relation to environmental permitting.

    The proposed core well will be undertaken in accordance with Standard Rules (SR 2015 No 1) for management of extractive waste, not including a waste facility, generated from onshore oil and gas prospecting activities including drilling, coring, leak off testing, acid wash and decommissioning for the production of oil or gas (using oil and water based drilling mud).

  • 7. How high is the rig?

    Maximum 60 meters

  • 8. How deep will you drill?

    Approximately 2,400 meters

  • 9. Are you planning to frack the well?

    No. We are applying to take core samples of the underground rock which will be sent from the site for tests in a laboratory to identify the geological characteristics of the core and its gas-producing properties.

  • 10. How noisy will the operations be?

    Noise during the construction and drilling phases would be temporary. Noise emissions would be mitigated through the selection and location of plant and site facilities and through siting the development an appropriate distance to ensure noise levels at the receptors are acceptable. An Environmental Report including a noise appraisal will be completed as part of the planning application.

  • 11. Will there be any vibrations or earth tremors?

    Drilling this well will not cause earth tremors.

    Ground borne vibration is expected to be imperceptible at distances of greater than 20m from the drill rig.

  • 12. Will there be light pollution?

    Lighting would be required in the site and on the rig. All lighting would be directionally controlled to limit environmental effects. Lighting would be designed carefully in accordance with relevant British Standards and Institute of Lighting Professionals (ILP) (2011) Guidance Notes for the Reduction of Obtrusive Light.

  • 13. How much water will you need?

    Minor volumes of water would be required for site construction (e.g. laying foundations) and sanitary purposes. The drilling activities would use approximately 254 cubic metres (m3) of water. Water would be brought to the site as required by road tankers.

  • 14. Will the development release any pollutants or any hazardous, toxic or noxious substances to air?

    On-site generators and the drilling rig (both diesel powered) would produce temporary, localised emissions to air. Generators would be sized appropriately for site energy requirements and would be efficient, with emissions reduced as far as possible. These would be similar to generators on construction sites. Emissions from the rig would also be reduced through choice of an efficient rig appropriate for the site, with minimal emissions. Generators would be present on the site for less than 6 months, and the rig for less than 3 months. Road traffic associated with the Proposed Development would also produce emissions to air during the temporary construction and drilling phases, similar to any construction site.

  • 15. Will you be flaring gas at the site?

    No. There would be no operational flaring or venting during the proposed activities.

  • 16. Is there a potential risk from leachates or escape of wastes of other products/by-products that may constitute a contaminant in the environment?

    Wastes from the Proposed Development would include waste water and materials associated with the drilling.

    Geotextile and high density polyethylene (HDPE) liners would be laid over the site to ensure an impermeable site lining, preventing any potential spills or surface water from percolating through the site floor into the underlying soil.

    A series of drainage pipes would be installed across and around the site ensuring all surface runoff from the site would be retained on the site and removed by a licensed waste contractor.

    Drilling waste would be stored in bunded tanks on site and disposed of by licensed waste contractors.

    Drilling mud and rock cuttings would be collected in tanks and transported from the site by road for disposal at an authorised waste disposal facility.

    Any NORM produced would be managed, under permit arrangements from the Environment Agency, through approved procedures and the use of authorised waste management contractors.

    It is anticipated that operations would be permitted under a Standard Rules Permit for a mining waste facility, specifically with regard to ground and groundwater protection, waste management planning and air quality.

  • 17. Is the site near a groundwater protection zone?

    No. The nearest surface watercourse is located over 600 m southeast of the site. Measures in place on the site to retain water for removal and treatment off-site will ensure there are no impacts on these receptors.

  • 18. Are there any areas on or around the location which are used by protected, important or sensitive species of fauna or flora?

    There are no ecological designations on or directly adjacent to the site. The site is intensively managed for agricultural purposes and any features of biodiversity interest are likely to be located at field edges / boundaries, which would not be significantly affected by the proposed development.

  • 19. Will many receptors other than people (fauna and flora, businesses, facilities) be affected?

    This is considered to be unlikely and any impacts (for example, on species present within nearby field boundaries or woodland) would be controlled by measures built into the Proposed Development to limit noise, emissions and disturbance. An Environmental Report containing assessments of potential impacts on noise, traffic and transport, ecology, landscape and visual, surface water and flooding, hydrogeology and archaeology and cultural heritage will be submitted with the planning application.

  • 20. What happens next?

    We have entered into pre-application discussions with Derbyshire County Council to discuss potential environmental impacts of the Proposed Development which will be subject to consultation with a number of external bodies. During this process we will undertake community consultation to take account of feedback from local residents. Once this is complete, we plan to submit a full planning application where a further period of comprehensive public consultation will take place before any decision is taken by the appropriate authorities.