British Steel withdraws objection for oil drill plans at Wressle

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 5 Jun 2017

British Steel chiefs have withdrawn their objection to prospectors drilling for oil on the doorstep of the Scunthorpe works

In January North Lincolnshire Council planners turned down the application from Egdon Resources UK Limited to start production on the site on Lodge Farm,north of Wressle, because of concerns over contamination and the impact on the local economy and the community.

But the prospectors have submitted a revised application to the local authority, offering to install new production and environmental protection facilities.

Following successful tests two years ago Egdon bosses are predicting the Wressle well will produce more that two million barrels of crude oil over its 15-year life span.

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Earlier British Steel had expressed concerns the extraction process would have a negative impact on the company's on-site water abstraction bore-holes which supply the nearby Scunthorpe works.

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But the two sides met in March when Egdon gave assurances that drilling would not be carried out beneath the bore-holes or within the surface groundwater protect zone.

Safeguards would also be in place to protect the yield and quality of the water quality from the Lincolnshire limestone formation used in the iron and steel-making process.

A British Steel spokesman said today: "Following a meeting with Egdon Resources, we have received assurances that the allayed our initial concerns regarding our ground-water abstraction bore-holes.

"We have therefore withdrawn our objection".

From the outset Egdon bosses have insisted Wresle will be a conventionally- drilled oil well and hydraulic engineering known as fracking will not be used on the site.

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But anti-fracking campaigners continue to make their concerns known to the planning authority.

No date has yet been fixed for the renewed application to be heard.

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