The well site is situated in Petroleum Exploration and Development Licence (PEDL) 300 on land adjacent to Bramleymoor Lane, located approximately 0.5 km to the southwest of Marsh Lane, Derbyshire. This location has been chosen because it is within an area of interest to us based on existing well and seismic data.
A full application has been submitted to Derbyshire County Council, details of which can be found in the information section below.
This vertical well has been designed to extract a “core” sample of the rock for laboratory analysis to identify the geological characteristics of the rock and its gas-producing properties. No fracking or flow testing of the well would be undertaken. The well will be retained for technical and safety reasons as a “listening well”, if a well elsewhere is hydraulically fractured, for a maximum period of five years. Following this the site will be restored back to agricultural use.
Site construction and rig assembly will take up to three months. Drilling will be a 24 hour a day operation for up to three months. Once drilling and coring operations have ceased well suspension and rig removal will take up to one month.
There will be periods when traffic activity is high such as site construction, rig and equipment deliveries and subsequent removal with fewer deliveries each day during drilling operations. All deliveries will be carefully planned and closely managed to minimise disruption to local residents.
On the 8 May 2017, INEOS submitted a planning application to Derbyshire County Council (DCC), as the Mineral Planning Authority (MPA), for a vertical hydrocarbon exploratory core well, on land adjacent to Bramleymoor Lane, near Marsh Lane (validated as application ref: CM4/0517/10). INEOS provided further information and documentation to address various matters raised by the MPA and consultees, but the application was not determined before the expiry of the agreed extended determination period on the 17 November 2017. A Committee date in February 2018 was proposed by DCC. As a consequence, on the 4 December 2017, INEOS lodged an appeal to the Secretary of State relating to the failure of the MPA to determine this planning application.
On the 15 December 2017, INEOS resubmitted the application to the MPA and incorporated the information raised through the negotiation of the original application into the submission for completeness. The new application can be found here.
The MPA will now consider the new application and undertake consultation on the application with statutory consultees, including local residents, before making a decision at a time yet to be set by the MPA.
The appeal process will run in parallel to this new submission.
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