Posts Tagged ‘Frack Free South Yorkshire’

Fracking creeps towards Hatfield Moors, how far to Thorne?

May 10, 2015

Regular readers will recall our post about a potential meeting with fracking developers in North Lincolnshire which was cancelled, then the meeting in Haxey last year which looked at proposals for North Lincolnshire and the Isle.

It is now progressing at Misson.  We have recently learnt that there are to be two public meetings organised by Frack Free South Yorkshire, one in Bawtry and the other in Hatfield.

The Hatfield proposal is made by Egdon Resources and their press release of 4 December 2014 explains:

Egdon Resources, of Hampshire, wants to drill for shale gas at Hatfield in 2015.

Once Egdon has identified a location for a well pad for their drilling operation they will seek planning permission from Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, together with a permit from the Environment Agency.  But first they intend carrying out 2D seismic surveys across the parish to help them identify a well pad location.

“Exercise of Exploration Option and Farm-in Agreement, PL161 and PL162. Further to the announcement made on 5 December 2013, Egdon Resources plc (AIM:EDR) is pleased to announce that it has exercised its Exploration Option and Farm-in Agreement (“The Agreement”) with Scottish Power Generation Limited (“SPG”) to farm in to UK Onshore Production Licences PL161 (Block SE/60b) and PL162 (Blocks SE/70a and SE/80b) located in Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire.
The Agreement defines an “Exploration Area”, which excludes those parts of PL161 and PL162 relating to the Hatfield Moor operational gas store, the Hatfield West gas storage reservoir and the operational gas reception facility operated by SPG.

Under the terms of The Agreement, SPG granted Egdon an Option Period of twelve months by the end of which Egdon was required to either advise SPG of its intention to commit to the drilling of an exploration well in the Exploration Area (the “Option Well”) or else terminate The Agreement.


SY Hatfield Fracking Poster

Thursday 14 May 2015: Crown Hotel, High Street, Bawtry, DN10 6JW, 7 – 9 pm.

Saturday 16 May 2015: Victoria Hall, 42 Main Street, Hatfield, DN7 6RY, 2 – 4 pm.

We have not as yet seen any map which provides the footprint of the proposal, which in January 2014 according to one source was not looking to develop around the Hatfield Moors Gas Storage facility near Lindholme, but it seems to be a realistic option now proclaimed from Egdon Resources own press team.

Hopefully the meetings will provide such detail and perhaps the time frame for the process.  What has probably already happened is scoping for pre-application, so the local authority, the Environment Agency and Natural England may have already held exploratory meetings to discuss the issue.

See Unconventional oil and gas: what’s happening in the desolate North?  for a list of applications and their status up until January 2014.

Campaigning, what’s the alternative?

December 10, 2014

The Rally for Nature went to Westminster on Tuesday, at the end of the shooting season for Red Grouse, and it was by all accounts a successful event and reported by Mark Avery in his Standing up for Nature blog.

Martin Harper, Conservation Director RSPB also comments on the state of SSSIs  analysing Defra’s 72 page Biodiversity 2020: a strategy for England’s wildlife and ecosystem services Indicators summary December 2014 which makes pretty depressing reading.  Effectively it echoes the 2013 State of Nature Report.  The Govt. answer – to cite the £7.5m worth of Nature Improvement AreasMonitoring of the outcomes are provided by Natural England, but generic rather than specific in the nature of any detail.

Avery also celebrates the creation of an infographic which challenges an earlier one by the Moorland Association and BASC which extolled the virtues of the ‘inglorious 12th’, the latter has we understand been referred to the Advertising Standards Agency.

FRACKING: For, against or still an agnostic?

Despite the chilly wind there was a reasonable turn out last night to the Haxey Memorial Hall, where the local premier showing of “The Dash for Gas” was ‘enjoyed’ by around sixty people gathered to learn about the benefits of fracking.  The film itself, in my humble opinion presented a reasonable and balanced case.  It was just a shame that previous attempts to get industry advocates to allay local fears has repeatedly failed as many there were keen to hear both sides of the scientific case that provided assurances of safety, no impact upon water supply or to human health or that of the natural environment.

The following planning applications have already been passed for exploratory drilling.  Depending upon outcomes a fracking application may follow.

Planning permissions to site a rig for an appraisal bore hole with associated works and equipment COMPOSITE ENERGY

Cottage Farm, Crowle, DN17 4BH

Land to the north of the A161, Eastoft Road, Crowle, DN17 4LR

Pasture Lane, Amcotts, DN17 4AW

Temple Gardens, Land to north of, Off King Edward Street, Belton

Haldenby Hall, Track adjacent to, access road to Haldenby Hall, Luddington, DN17 4QU

Access Road to North Moor from White House, Land to the southeast of Pilfrey Bridge, Althorpe, Keadby, DN17 4DH

Land North West of, North Street, West Butterwick

Planning permission for the construction of a temporary wellsite for drilling of an exploratory bore hole with associated structures and works EGDON RESOURCES

Lodge Farm, Clapp Gate, Broughton and Appleby, DN15 0DB

Help us keep the local community network updated:

Check out areas under investigation for exploration (or exploitation?) near you, do drop us a line with your findings and updates

Check out any Petroleum Exploration and Development Licences (PEDLs) near you …. locate Recent Licences through a Department of Energy & Climate Change Energy Portal.


Frack Free Lincs

H.E.Y. Frack Off is another local community group active in Hull & East Yorkshire

Frack Free South Yorkshire  

Frack Free Gainsborough





BIRDING SITE GUIDE - Birding Site Guide

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Hatfield Moors Birding Blog

Bird and other wildlife information service for Hatfield Moors, South Yorkshire, UK © HMBSG 17/11/2010

Mark Avery

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

a new nature blog

I write about politics, nature + the environment. Some posts are serious, some not. These are my views, I don't do any promotional stuff and these views are not being expressed for anyone who employs me.

UK and Ireland Natural History Bloggers

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?