Planners at Rotherham Council have ruled that a proposed test drilling operation on a Greenbelt site by INEOS’ oil and gas exploration and production business “would not be likely to have significant effects on the environment” in relation to national planning guidelines.
Rothbiz reported in March on the details of INEOS’ plans for a site between the villages of Harthill and Thorpe Salvin for shale gas exploration, which involves building a drilling rig and drilling vertically, deep into the ground to find out how much gas is in the shale.
The application would provide temporary permission for a maximum of five years and the operation would involve various site investigation surveys and site preparation before a period of drilling, coring and testing. A well would be drilled to approximately 2,800 m using a drill rig of maximum 60 m rig height followed by three months of testing. It would use large plant, machinery and HGVs in site development and operationally.
Rotherham fracking bid moves to next stage
A FRACKING firm has been told by the council that an environmental impact assessment (EIA) will not be required for a proposed drilling site.
Ineos’ proposed well to explore land under Common Road in Harthill will move directly to the planning application stage, Rotherham Borough Council has ruled.