The NYMNPA, NYCC & YCC have today begun their consultation on the Minerals & Waste Joint Plan. Once agreed this Plan will be in place until 2030.
First respondents to the Minerals and Waste Joint Plan expressed there is a need to develop policy for any shale gas proposals and should provide for Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) , Coal Bed Methane (CBM), shale gas and carbon storage development.
Whilst that document focuses on the need for public consultation it would appear that in-house consultation has already been provided with two options: (here abridged)
Option1: To support the principle of development of CBM, UCG and shale gas resources and the underground storage of carbon and gas ..... transport of gas or carbon would be expected to be via pipeline (with the routing of pipelines as the least environmental impact. This option would involve a precautionary approach with support to specific proposals ..... high level of assurance .... including community benefits can be demonstrated.
Option 2: To not express support in principle of the development of CBM, UCG and shale gas resources, or the underground storage of carbon or gas due to the uncertain nature of the impacts and risks involved.
What is of concern, is that they have lumped together two separate activities under both options. That is the extraction of shale gas reources and the storage of CO2. As far as I am aware the latter reduces Co2 emmissions whilt the former increases Co2 emmisions. Should these two very different processes be adjoined?
Their own document says: Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) is a method which can be used for reducing carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere from sources such as fossil fuel power stations and UCG processes. It involves capturing carbon dioxide and permanently storing it deep undergroud. (NB Sirius Exploration did plenty of research on this) .
First consultation responses: http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/media/25720/Minerals-and-waste-joint-plan-f...