Misson Springs Exploratory Drilling Planning Application: OBJECT



This is the FIRST application for shale gas application in Nottinghamshire, IGas Energy are looking to explore for shale gas in the most northerly point of the county, Misson Springs. This lies on the border of South Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. You can view the application documents on the Nottinghamshire County Council website – Application No ES/3379.

The planning application consists of 4 separate phases:

  1. Wellsite construction
  2. Drilling of up to two exploratory wells for hydrocarbons including potential shale gas (the first one vertical and the second one horizontal)
  3. Suspension of wells and assessment of drilling results
  4. Site decommissioning, well abandonment and restoration

If you haven’t objected yet, now’s your chance. If you have already objected, we urge you to write in again responding to the ‘Regulation 22’ information – see below.

How to object

To object you can do 1 of the following:

  1. Send your objections to development.management@nottscc.gov.uk
  2. Send a letter to: Development Management, Nottinghamshire County Council, County Hall, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7QP. The letter must be signed and dated

Your letter or email must include:

  • The Application Reference Number: ES/3379
  • Your name, address and postcode (Objections without a postcode will not be considered)

Send in your objections by Tuesday 17th May 2016.

**UPDATE 1 MAY 2016**

IGas have responded to a Regulation 22 request by Notts County County asking for more information about their application. We have gone through these documents and have put together some points you can use to object to:

  1. IGas have failed to provide a proper explanation why it isn’t possible to drill in Flood Zone 2 before considering Flood Zone 3 (as required by Sequential Test). Instead they have balanced this issue against others, particularly to avoid using agricultural land and having to build a new access road.
  2. Although some additional detail from the 3D seismic testing has been given, they haven’t provided the data which would allow a proper assessment of their interpretation of the geological structure – which is what the County asked for.
  3. IGas has not provided details of the weighting given to different factors in choosing between different possible sites. They were asked for this specifically in relation to choosing a drilling site 130m from the SSSI while ruling out anything within 200m of residential or listed buildings. This would particularly affect how they have balanced impact on agricultural land with impact on the SSSI.
  4. On potential noise impact on breeding birds, IGas have not provided the explanation requested as to why no breeding bird surveys have been done. And IGas have not considered the impact of 24-7 lighting on breeding birds
  5. On nitrogen deposition, IGas suggest the modelling they have done is ‘unduly precautionary’ and also that vegetation on that side of the SSSI is more tolerant of nitrogen. They request a planning condition to control this – in other words it will be alright once they are drilling and if it isn’t they will then think about what could be done.
  6. IGas didn’t attempt to answer the question of how 24/7 lighting will impact on health
  7. IGas have said that the lorries will not ground on the roads, level crossings & bridges along the route, but this additional traffic will block the road. Currently there are roadworks happening on the roads both sides of the village and this is causing traffic nightmares for residents. With a large increase in traffic for the IGas exploratory drilling site, this will cause a huge number of problems for the residents.
  8. IGas have stated that any rain fallen on the site needs to be collected and tankered away due to potential contamination. There are questions and concerns about what impact this will have on the water level for the SSSI



We suggest you begin by saying that you are writing to object to the application, and add a couple of sentences about yourself, e.g. where you live, what you do for a living, what your interest is in the application, why you are concerned, your connection to Misson/Bassetlaw, etc.

If you live near the well-site, please state what it is about the application that you are concerned about, e.g. the impact on your village, traffic, the impact on local roads/landscape, effect and the local economy, etc. You could also say something about how worried you are about how this work will impact on your daily life.

If you live elsewhere in Bassetlaw, South Yorkshire or North Lincolnshire, you can mention the wider effects of fracking would have on the region, particularly on the effect extra traffic would have on the road system.

If you live in another part of the UK (or in another country) you can mention any connection you have with Bassetlaw, South Yorkshire or North Lincolnshire – for example, you might visit the area regularly on holiday, or because you have family or friends in the area. You can also consider the precedent this may set throughout the rest of the country should this be approved, and whether or not it would make you more or less likely to visit the area on holiday if the proposals are approved and developed.

Local Knowledge

Local knowledge and experience are very important when campaigning against a planning application. So if you have any experiences to relate regarding living near a gas well-site (such as noxious smells, previous disruption, a negative affect on your health, work going on outside permitted hours, or anything else that has had any impact on your daily life, no matter how large or small), please include this in your objection. This sort of information is vital to help the Planning Officer make his recommendation.


Also, if you have had any other direct experience or problems when dealing with IGas – for example, you have been to any of their consultations or talks, or have had any direct contact with the company and its employees, then please include this in your objection.

Equally important are any instances that have occurred where you have not been kept informed about the development of the site. Please include any documentation – e.g. emails, leaflets, photographs, etc. – that can back up your comments, as this sort of information is helpful for the Planning Officer to decide whether or not the company can be trusted to undertake the work that it has applied for.


If you have researched any of the many facts, or read any interesting reports on fracking, or can cite any practices or instances where fracking has harmed communities that has caused you concern, please include these in your objection too.

Key points

Please put the below into your own words – perhaps by rephrasing the points in your own way or using the information in the bullet points to form a paragraph. You can also change the order of the points if you prefer, or choose the ones that you feel most concerned about. You don’t have to include all the points, and please make additional points you feel would support your objection, as described above.


  • The first point to mention is that the number of lorry movements have greatly increased from the initial scoping document that IGas submitted to the county council earlier this year
  • There are to be 36 lorry movements a day during site construction and restoration, 12-16 during rig mobilisation and 10 during drilling
  • This traffic will travel along country roads and using the B1396 and the A614 via Blaxton.
  • This will result in increased noise pollution, air pollution from traffic fumes, vibration damage to homes and other buildings and damage to verges and pavements.
  • There will be a greater risk of traffic accidents – children, pedestrians, cyclists and perhaps horse riders.


  • In the IGas scoping document that IGas submitted to the county council, they stated the rig would be between 35 to 44 meters high. In the planning application the rig has been stated at a whopping 57 meters high. This is likely to have more impact to villages overlooking the area, such as Gringley on the Hill.


  • Noise will carry across the area for many miles in all directions, disturbing people in neighbouring villages and properties.
  • IGas have said they may use screening or acoustic enclosures but haven’t specified what harm this causes


  • Work will take place 24 hours a day
  • The area will be subjected to excessive and unreasonable disturbance in what is a quiet part of the countryside.
  • The bright lights from the site during darkness hours will be intrusive and disturbing to residents and wildlife.


  • The site is located next to the Misson Carr SSSI which has a fenland habitat dependent on a managed water level which could be affected. The habitats for wildlife and bird (including great crested newts and other rare or protected species, such bats and moths) may be severely disturbed by the light, noise and vibration.
  • All wildlife will be adversely affected by light pollution, noise and vibration.
  • Depending on the time of year, this can also cause problems with breeding and hibernation. Vibration will impact adversely on certain species such as owls and other small mammals.
  • This disturbance to their habitat could lead to some species leaving the area permanently, which would affect the delicate ecological balance of the area.


  • The Application should be asked to clarify its long-term plans for the well-site, including how many new wells are to be drilled and how much more fracking would be required.


  • Toxic waste water containing NORM (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials) and dangerous chemicals in concentrated form (such as sulphuric acid) will be transported through countryside roads and stored on-site.
  • Any accident where a spillage occurs could be extremely damaging to the environment.
  • This presents an unacceptable risk to the local community, especially since the site is next to a SSSI.


  • The proposed drilling site is exceptionally close to an aquifer. Studies show that no guarantee can be given that it will not be contaminated from spills and leaks or at some time in the future. Once an aquifer is polluted it cannot be used again for drinking water or agriculture.
  • The fracking process requires high volumes of water which has to be abstracted from local sources or tankered in. Each fracking operation uses approximately 750 tanker loads of clean water per well; the equivalent of 5–10 Olympic size swimming pools.


  • The contaminated waste water from the fracking process has to be disposed of. This has to be brought out by road and wherever it goes it is toxic!


  • In numerous locations where fracking has taken place earthquakes have occurred due to vibration and/or the lubrication of lines of weakness in the rocks. This further increases the risk of leakage of the fracking fluid.


  • The exhaust emissions from HGV traffic, compressors and diesel generators will create increased air pollution near the site.
  • These will expose wildlife, local people (and workers at the site) to substances that are harmful to health and increase their risk of developing serious health problems in the future.


  • If fracking is allowed in Bassetlaw, it could threaten the jobs of thousands of hard-working people in the key local industries of tourism and agriculture.
  • People will be less likely to come and visit the area if they feel that their peace and quiet will be compromised by fracking wells, their health is threatened by pollution, or that they will have to cope with large increases in HGV traffic on country roads.
  • This is confirmed in the Draft DEFRA Report “Shale Gas Rural Economy Impacts Paper”, which says: Fracking “may reduce the number of visitors and tourists in the rural area, with an associated reduction in spend in the local tourism economy.”


  • The Draft DEFRA Shale Gas Rural Economy Impacts Paper states that “House prices in close proximity to the drilling operations are likely to fall. There could be a 7% reduction in property values within one mile of an extraction site.”
  • Who will compensate local residents if they suffer losses on their properties, or they are unable to sell their house because it is too close to the well-site?


  • If fracking is allowed in Bassetlaw, it will have a negative effect on other key industries in the area, threatening thousands of hard-working people’s jobs and livelihoods.
  • This is confirmed in the government’s Draft DEFRA Shale Gas Rural Economy Impacts Paper, which says “Shale gas may transform a previously pristine and quiet natural region, bringing increased industrialisation. As a result, rural economy business that rely on clean air, land and water and/or a tranquil environment may suffer losses from this change, such as agriculture, tourism, organic farming, hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation.”


  • If this application is approved, it may be harder for the Council to reject future fracking applications as a precedent will have been set.
  • This could result in hundreds of fracking wells across Bassetlaw, South Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.
  • There are now new PEDL licences all across Bassetlaw, South Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, all of which could have multiple fracking sites.


  • Shale gas is a fossil fuel and the UK urgently needs to reduce our CO2 emissions to combat climate change.
  • A new fracking industry will lock us into using fossil fuels for decades to come, and also delay the move to clean renewable energy.
  • The Council has a duty to take climate change into account when ruling on planning applications.


If there are other fracking-related issues you want to mention, then please do so, particularly any first-hand experience you have had of fracking, gas production or dealing with IGas, and any information on the dangers of fracking that you would like to share with the Planning Committee. The more personalised your objection is, the more powerful it will be.

And at the end of your objection, please remember to ask the County Council to reject the application.


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  1. David Towell - November 2, 2015 11:04 pm

    Dear sir or madam I strongly object to any fracking at Misson springs or anywhere whatsoever,it is a very dangerous and risky practice and the consequences would be disastrous it is coming to the time when people will take the law into they’re own hands unless certain people see sense and stop this dangerously stupid practice which is only driven by greed yours sincerely D W Towell

  2. david smith - November 3, 2015 11:03 pm

    Across the world fracking has proven to damage the health of the land and all that live on it, poisoning water tables and polluting the earth and air too. Many countries have banned it after considering it as an option and even many who allowed it at first have been forced to ban it after the damage it causes. One thing i was shocked to discover was not only chemical pollution, but radioactive!
    Also it is a financial con. Except for the companies that set it up and spin the figures before selling it on, everyone loses. Morally, spiritually and physically is is bad. There is a lot of evidence for (and only opinion against) reincarnation and karma, many tribal peoples consider the imapct of their actions 7 generations ahead to safegaurd the future for their chidren and childrens children. We call them savages. . . surely we are better than that. we know from scriptures that we are responsible for our actions and must pay the price for them. All of us know this and as public servants the weight carried by you id far greater please safeguard the land and all life it needs to survive from this insane abuse. In the 21st century we shouldn’t be using technology thaty destroys the land for future generations. We should be better than that.

  3. R. Ledbury - November 14, 2015 12:20 pm

    I write to object to Nottinghamshire C.C. Application No ES/3379.

    I can’t sum up my objections in a few words – but – what I do know is that Fracking ANYWHERE will affect (in a desperately bad way) our whole world.

    We can’t SEE the emissions from the VW engines they pretended weren’t polluting our atmosphere but they are doing it anyway. We won’t see or smell pollution when it escapes from the Fracking wells. Some methane always escapes when ‘gas’ is extracted for heating or cooking [domestic gas wouldn’t smell either if we didn’t add an odorant for safety purposes]. Both the rig that pulls up the gas, but also any ‘test-rigs’ that are sunk can be truly polluting, allowing methane and other green-house gases to escape. And underground – where we can’t see – any pollution will go unnoticed …. although we may feel the results of any drilling.

    We will see and hear: the spoiled views and noise from the drilling rigs and heavy machinery; the chaos of heavy vehicles on overstretched rural roads. We won’t know if any toxic and carcinogenic chemicals pumped down under our soil and maybe our houses, have been left there – as is legally allowed. And, in addition to all this, there is the worry that houses will become uninsurable, even unsaleable.

    ……… I could go on, but please let’s not sleep-walk into letting Fracking happen …..

  4. Peter coates - November 21, 2015 7:56 pm

    It’s disgusting, ruining the wild life and nature for company’s greed

  5. Janey kirk - December 13, 2015 6:28 pm

    What a disgusting project! I hope all involved rott in he’ll! !!

  6. James McNeill - December 13, 2015 8:05 pm

    This will cause widespread destruction – poison the aquafiers- poison livestock and vegetation

  7. Richard Smith - December 18, 2015 3:57 pm

    Banner at the ready !!!!!

  8. Umberto Albarella - December 23, 2015 9:34 pm

    threats to people and the local environment are just too great; major concerns include pollution of water sources, earthquakes, disruption to community life and general contribution to global warming. This makes so little sense that we should not even be talking about it, but since we are, I would like my strong objection to fracking explorations in the area to be noted.

  9. John Cossham - December 23, 2015 11:44 pm

    My objection just sent in

    129 Hull Road
    York YO10 3JU

    Dear Madam or Sir at Development Management, Nottinghamshire County Council,

    Re Application Reference Number: ES/3379

    I wish to object to this application.

    1) I am an occasional visitor to this area as I’m a keen cyclist and have ridden in the North Lincolnshire area, as it’s not that far from where I live in York. I find the area attractive and mainly pleasant to cycle in as it has many rural lanes with not a lot of traffic. I love cycling as it is a low carbon way of seeing the countryside, and keeping fit.

    2) I object primarily on the grounds that if the UK is to fulfill its legal obligations of the Climate Change Act, to reduce CO2e emissions by 80% by 2050 from a 1990 baseline, it must NOT be opening up any new fossil hydrocarbon resources. They must remain in the ground either for ever, or until it is known to be safe for them to be used, such as when Carbon Capture and Storage is fitted on every gas-fired power station, and proven to work effectively and put 100% of the resultant CO2 into deep strata. Starting a new industry of shale gas extraction would mean the UK would build new gas-fired power stations which would still likely to be operational in 25 years, so meaning we’d still be getting our electricity from fossil fuels in 2050.

    2)a) I do not believe that gas is a ‘bridging fuel’ to renewables. Gas is a fossil fuel and when burnt releases fossil CO2, the main driver of climate change. Additionally, unconventional gas extraction is notoriously leaky, and these fugitive emissions, which one study in the US found were 9% of the methane gas extracted. Methane is an extremely powerful greenhouse gas, often quoted as 30x more powerful than CO2, but that’s measured over a 100 year timespan. Over 20 years, methane is 80x more effective at trapping heat, this is because of the molecule’s ‘half life’ of about 7 years. In the first few years after release, methane is up to 150x as powerful a greenhouse gas than CO2, so it is extremely important we do not do anything which risks letting any of this gas into the atmosphere.

    2)b) Climate change is the biggest threat to the future of human life on Earth, at present. It is clear from the Paris agreement that all nations of the world agree it is extremely important to stop using fossil fuels as soon as possible. We have already warmed the planet by 1C, over the baseline of pre-industrial average temperature levels. If we do nothing, we could hit somewhere between +3.5C and +4.5C by 2100, and it will be really tough for our ‘civilised’ industrial society to keep the temperature to under +2C. It is agreed that +2C is an absolute disaster for humanity, with bigger storms, floods, wind speeds, longer and hotter droughts, seal level rise, foodcrop failures, climate refugees, changes in patterns of disease, and almost certainly other knock-on effects such as civil unrest and millions of people dying because of these combined issues. +4C would be the end of civilisation as we understand it, with billions dying. +6C would be human extinction and we’d take most other large animals with us. We cannot risk this.

    3) I am concerned too with the more local and more temporary impacts of gas drilling in this area. There is a very real risk of water pollution, both surface water and groundwater/aquifer contamination. No well casing is 100% safe and there are many proven instances of damage underground which could contaminate water with chemicals. The rigs also pollute the air, with flaring and unplanned emissions, other than the fugitive CH4. The industrialisation of the countryside, with noise and vibration, light from flares and floodlights, vehicle movements and heavy lorries damaging road surfaces, all of this is unacceptable in our countryside, for an unknown ‘benefit’ and certain greenhouse gas pollution.

    I urge you to reject this application. Thank you.

    You may publish this text on your website if you wish, including my address and name.

    Thank you, John Cossham

  10. debbie Brooks - December 26, 2015 9:52 pm

    I am writing to strongly object to the fracking in Nottinghamshire, and anywhere else in the whole of the world for that matter, as we all know the damage and destruction it creates.

  11. Max - January 6, 2016 4:03 pm

    I am completely against fracking for many reasons. Based on the known risks and the unknown risks, I have concluded that it should be banned in the UK and the rest of the world.

    This article is very informative however it has missed two important points:

    1) The Whitehall regime has admitted that fracking wells have a risk of explosion if there is an accident. This will put local residents’ lives at risk and increase home insurance premiums.

    2) Fracking means tens of thousands of wells all over the UK. It will industrialise the British countryside. Such industrialisation might also mean further industrial developments – destroying the British countryside as we know it.


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