Tinker Lane Exploratory Drilling Planning Application: OBJECT

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PLEASE NOTE A NEW CONSULTATION HAS OPENED ON THIS APPLICATION.
PLEASE OBJECT TO THIS APPLICATION
DEADLINE: FRIDAY 3RD MARCH 2017

This is the SECOND application to explore for shale gas in Nottinghamshire. And the second in Bassetlaw / North Nottinghamshire. If successful, many more wells will be drilled in Bassetlaw, creating a gasfield. So it’s incredibly important that the FIRST (Misson Springs) and this SECOND (Tinker Lane) are rejected by Notts County Council.

This application is regarding IGas Energy’s second shale gas application in Bassetlaw at their Tinker Lane site. The site isn’t actually on Tinker Lane, but on the A634 (Retford Road), which lies between Barnby Moor and Blyth and is just north of Retford. You can view the application documents on the Nottinghamshire County Council websiteApplication No ES/3524.

How to object

To object you can do 1 of the following:

  1. Fill in the form on the Nottinghamshire County Council website
  2. Send your objections to development.management@nottscc.gov.uk
  3. 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/3524
  • Your name, address and postcode (Objections without a postcode will not be considered)

Send in your objections by Friday 3rd March 2017.

To help you object, we’ve created a proforma letter you can use – download this here – please remember to send it off.

*UPDATE 9th Feb 2017*

IGas have been asked to provide further information for the application. This new information is now

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Beginning

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 Barnby Moor/Torworth/Blyth/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 or Nottinghamshire, 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 – 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.

Dart Energy/IGas

Also, if you have had any other direct experience or problems when dealing with Dart Energy or 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. Or if you were involved in the protest at Daneshill in 2013 (this was also Dart Energy).

Dart Energy at Daneshill breached their conditions on multiple occasions, such as failing to lay an access road before trucks started coming in, and not controlling the amount of light at night.

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.

Reports

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.

HEAVY TRAFFIC ACTIVITY

  • The proposed fracking site lies directly on the A634 (Retford Road) between Blyth and Barnby Moor.
  • The fracking process requires many lorries carrying materials to and from the site (some of which can be highly toxic)
  • Dart/IGas have chosen the HGV route of access through Blyth which includes small traffic junctions on Blyth High Street
  • These vehicles carrying toxic waste will also be travelling directly past Blyth Primary School
  • Dart Energy are not planning to build any separate access route

NOISE

  • Noise will carry across the area for many miles in all directions, disturbing people in neighbouring villages and properties.
  • There will be further noise from compressors, pumps and the large number of heavy vehicle movements.

NIGHT TIME DISTURBANCE

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

LIGHT

  • There will be serious light pollution from night working, and air pollution from ozone, hydrocarbons, dust and the venting and flaring of methane.

EFFECT ON WILDLIFE

  • The wildlife in the nearby Mattersey Hill Marsh SSSI and Daneshill Local Wildlife Site / Daneshill Lakes Nature Reserve will be severely disturbed by the light, noise and vibration, and could be severely damaged by a water pollution incident.
  • 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 ecological balance of the area.

FURTHER DEVELOPMENT

  • 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.

ACCIDENTS

  • 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.

GROUNDWATER POLLUTION RISKS

  • 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 during drilling 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.

WASTE DISPOSAL CONCERNS

  • 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!

EARTHQUAKE RISKS

  • 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.
  • In Ranskill, a short distance further North, there is previous mine workings and this has caused subsidence in the past.
  • Further drilling will increase the risk of further subsidence and could disrupt mine workings

AIR POLLUTION RISKS

  • 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.

JOBS AND TOURISM

  • 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.”

EFFECTS ON HOUSE PRICES

  • 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?

EFFECT ON OTHER KEY RURAL ECONOMY IMPACTS

  • 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.”

PRECEDENT

  • 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 and the East Midlands.
  • There are PEDL licences all across the East Midlands, all of which could have multiple fracking sites.

CLIMATE CHANGE

  • 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.

OTHER

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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