•Tomorrow, Judicial Review of NYCC decision at Kirby Misperton, if challenge succeeds, re-determination of application covering points that were lacking.
•After 14th PEDL licenses awarded, Third Energy/INEOS/Cuadrilla doing further research of existing geological data.
•Likely to be some permitted development seismic surveys & ownership enquiries of the areas to target potential sites to apply for planning permission to bore.
•Typically OGA expects companies to have a proper exploration programme running within 6 yrs, appraisal wells within following 4 yrs, and production within the following 10yrs or they loose whole or part of license area.
•Oil & Gas applicants ask MPA|’s for EIA screening/scoping opinions and these available on public EIA register.
•Questions about technical issues most likely to be found in EIA Statement accompanying any Fracking Planning application.
What Can You Do?
•Government Planning Policy contained in National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) :
•When planning for onshore gas including unconventional hydrocarbons, ….address constraints on production……
•NYM & NYCC & CYC - Joint Minerals and Waste plan.
•Given National stance, it cannot adopt a Fracking ban.
•Plan can however say where and where should not go ahead at a local level.
•‘Publication Draft’ issued November 2016 with Fracking policies published , public consultation stage currently until 17.00hrs 21st December 2016.
•See Hydrocarbons chapter, page 75 onwards on NYCC website.
•In brief, ban on Fracking in NP’s, AONB’s SPA, WHS, scheduled ancient monuments, battlefields, SPA’s, SAC’s, Setting of historic York, Ramsar, SSSI’s , registered Parks & Gardens.
•Very special scrutiny given within 3.5km buffer of NP or AONB, or Heritage Coast,
•Have good A or B class road connections, not give rise to cumulative impacts e.g. max 10 well pads per 100km2 PEDL area, have high standard protection for existing businesses & visitor attractions, 500m from residential properties.
•Listen to both sides. Clearly two sides to the argument : based on need for energy supplies for heating homes versus potential risks to the local ecosystems and wider environment and : make your own mind up.
•Still early days to determine where the overriding public interest will eventually lie and whether there will be a ‘social license to operate’ for the Fracking Industry.
The Timetable : Preparation of minerals and waste joint plan
May 2013 to October 2016
April 2017 to October 2017
Meanwhile for further Q's & A's and to engage with the Environment Agency the next Public meat & greet is at the Merchant Taylor's Hall, YORK, on Tuesday 29th November 2.00pm to 7.00 pm
Park life, eh? Old habbits ;-)
Despite some hisses and groans from the gallery Q's & A's were taken from the floor.
From the bridge:
Conventional gas is taken from above the shale rocks (c1.5km depth) The shale gas industry aims to tap into the gas direct from the shale rock (c3km depth).
Potential gas to be extracted is up to 5km thick.
Electricity is hard to store, gas can be stored and is measured in scuffs. Infrastructure is in place for liquified gas.
The Govt. owns all the gas.
Until an appraisal frack the extractors don't know if it is there.
Currently thre are three fracking appraisal approvals.
Applications are threefold. Exploration, Appraisal & Extraction.
Ground water boreholes for potential development require monitoring for 12 months prior to an application to check against a baseline for impacts that may be contributed by fracking.
SoS intervention, previous call ins by the SoS include Traveller Sites and Windfarms. There was a ban on onshore windfarms taken to JR and the Inspector approved but the windfarm operators refused.
Gas is a fossil fuel and requires drilling rigs. There have been some blowouts in the US and site safety is paramount. Rigs can make fracking safer, not safe.
Possible polution of aquifers not popular with the public. If producing pipelines, liquid and solid waste disposals permits fall under the EA & HSE.
Potential extraction sites require siesmic survey and require the land owners permission. These can potentially done by air but most use 'hydro' trucks.
The OGA expects exploration to operation within 6 years or the licence folds.
All O&G exploration falls under EIA screening and technical issues are recorded under EIA Reg 22.
The M&WJP is to be used for policy reference.
Up to 10 wells per pad is deemed sufficient.
Restorations funds & bond .... if the company goes bust, the HSE & EA will ultimately persue the land owner.
a: Secure restoration, mitigation measures and Bond.
b: Identify, check out/lobby the landowners.
Now, about that rewilding :-00