Controversial application to drill for oil in North Lincolnshire to be heard today
The oil well based at Wressle, North Lincolnshire
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 3 Jul 2017
An application to explore for oil in North Lincolnshire will go before planners at a special meeting today (July 3).
Planners at North Lincolnshire Council will decide on an application from Egdon Resources to drill for oil in Wressle.
Following rejection from the planning committee on a previous application, Egdon has resubmitted its plans following an appeal.
Councillors were hailed as "heroes" by protesters outside the committee in January 2017 after they turned down the proposals because of lack of information.
The application caused controversy in as demonstrators gathered outside the Civic Centre, Ashby Road, to protest against the plans.
Demonstrators from frack-free Lincolnshire were at the protest, but Edgon has said that the plans do not amount to fracking.
After meeting with the applicants, British Steel withdrew its initial objection earlier this month.
A British Steel spokesman said: “Following a meeting with Egdon Resources, we have received assurances that the allayed our initial concerns regarding our ground-water abstraction bore-holes.
North Lincolnshire Council planning meeting, Civic Centre, Scunthorpe. meeting was discussing license renewal of oil and gas well at Wressle, North Lincolnshire. Protestors outside the Civic Centre
“We have therefore withdrawn our objection”.
The plans look to retain the well at Wressle, Lodge Farm, to create an access road for the production of hydrocarbons.
Following the rejection in January, Edgon appealed the decision and submitted a new application.
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The planning officers assessment of the application states that the site boundaries and development proposals remain the same but that there is an amended environment agency permit which covers the development.