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Copy and paste the text below, complete your personal details and email to:
firstname.lastname@example.org quoting the Planning Application reference 17/03213/MIN, or print and post to:
Planning Applications Dept, Cheshire West and Chester Council, HQ Building, Chester, CH1 2NP.
OBJECTION TO PLANNING APPLICATION
Application number 17/03213/MIN. I object to this application by Island Gas Limited (“Igas”) to test for shale gas at Ellesmere Portside wellsite on the following grounds:
This application by Igas to flow test and appraise shale gas is inconsistent with the original permission which was to explore for coal bed methane which is an entirely different hydrocarbon than shale gas. NPPF 147 clearly states there are three separate phases for hydrocarbon development, namely exploration, appraisal and production. This is reiterated in PPG 092. Further PPG 093 states “Planning permission is required for each phase of hydrocarbon extraction”. A retrospective planning application is now required for the shale gas exploration drill.
Insufficient evidence is supplied by Igas on the impacts to groundwater, noise and air pollution, ecology, economy, health, waste disposal, cumulative impacts and climate change. To help in understanding these impacts the Minerals Planning Authority (“MPA”) should have required an Environmental Impact Assessment (“EIA”). The councils own Supplemental Planning Document on Oil and Gas Exploration, Production and Distribution makes it clear that an EIA is a requirement for the application at this site.
The application site is within 270 metres of the Mersey Estuary SPA/Ramsar. This is a site of national and international importance and on its own merits justifies an EIA. Yet this application simply relies on the evidence base for the 2009 application, which was for a very different process.
There is insufficient information from Igas in the application around the precise nature of activities on site for the MPA to fully identify and assess the impacts of these processes, or therefore, to grant planning permission. The application refers to “Casing Perforation”, “clean-up assembly”,” clean fluid” and a “15% concentration of HCL with water will be applied through the perforations to ‘re-establish flow’”. But there is no details on quantities, pressures and any other additional chemicals or additives in the fluid, and therefore there is no assessment of the risks of this acidising process, for example to groundwater.
For the reasons noted above this application should be refused.
SIGNED: ………………………………………………… DATE………………………………
You do not have to live in Ellesmere Port, objections will be considered from all of the UK.
If you have more than five minutes, here’s the link to the Frack Free Dee guidance to object to the IGas plans to flow test the well at Ellesmere Port:http://www.frackfreedee.co.uk/objection-guidence-on-igas-portside-north-ellesmere-port-planning-apllication/
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