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Shale Gas exploratory bore holes

Client INEOS Shale
Turley office Manchester
Status Ongoing
LPA Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council

Leading a programme of planning applications and appeals for Shale Gas exploratory drilling

Our role

  • Government has granted a number of licences which oblige the licence holders to explore for and, if possible, extract natural gas from on-shore areas of the UK.
  • The UK is a net importer of gas and needs a stable supply of gas, which is not subject to supply security risks; poorer environmental regulation; additional transport costs; and which generates direct economic benefits for the UK.
  • We are co-ordinating a multi-disciplinary team to deliver a number of planning applications across the South Yorkshire/East Midlands area. These are currently for exploratory vertical bore holes, but depending on the results, may progress to appraisal and production.
  • Applications of this nature are very controversial and have attracted a great deal of public objection, numbering in the thousands for each application. Public exhibitions have also been well attended.

Results

  • We have successfully managed the preparation, submission and negotiation of the applications.
  • These applications are the first to be submitted by the largest licence holder in the UK.
  • We adopted an innovative approach to preparing the applications to streamline the process, allowing the anticipated volumes to be submitted.
  • Due to the controversial nature of this project, some sites are now in the appeal system to be determined by the Planning Inspectorate.

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