Planners refuse oil drilling plans in North Lincolnshire... Again
Protesters gather outside Civic Centre Scunthorpe ahead of planning meeting to vote on oil drilling in the Ancholme Valley near Wressle
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 4 Jul 2017
Demonstrators against an application to explore for oil and gas in North Lincolnshire have said that they are "surprised but pleased" after councillors turned the proposals down for the second time.
Egdon Resources resubmitted an application to explore for oil and gas at Lodge Farm which is to the north of Wressle.
The company had received a three-year temporary planning permission to undertake exploratory drilling at the site back in June 2013 and was looking to now use the site for the production of hydrocarbons.
Elizabeth Williams, who was speaking against the application, said that the plans proposed by Egdon amounted to "low volume fracking" and that it would be dangerous for public health and community well being in the area.
"This has been a highly contentious application," she said.
"We cannot allow fracking here or anywhere."
However, Mark Abbott, managing director of Egdon Resources, said that the companies proposals were not fracking.
"Our method of prompt and squeeze is industry recognised," he said.
The method proposed by Egdon was called "prompt and squeeze", a method which drills into the ground for the exploration of gas.
"The environment agency will not give a permit unless it was safe," said Mr Abbott.
Speaking on behalf of the applicants, Paul Foster, planning consultant, said that there is sufficient regulation in place to make the operation safe.
However, ward member for Broughton, Councillor Holly Mumby-Croft, advised planners to turn down the application.
"I have not heard anything that has changed my decision to vote against the application last time," she said.
Councillor Mumby-Croft said she was concerned that there was a lack of information as to where Egdon would be bringing their water from to drill at the site.
"I am frankly astounded that Egdon would come to us today without that information," she said.
Members of the committee turned down the application by seven votes to three on the grounds that insufficient information being provided.
Following the rejection of the first application, a second proposals was heard by the committee to extend Egdon's drilling exploration at the site by 12 months.
Mr Foster said that Egdon intended to extend their time at the site in line with the appeal of the previous application in January.
"Egdon wishes to continue ground monitoring at the site," he said.
"The three-year permission on the site expired in April 2017 following first drilling beginning on the site in April 2014.
"It is anticipated that the outcome of the appeal will be before April 2018."
However, councillors argued that the company had already had sufficient time to explore on the site.
The extension of the planning permission was refused.
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