The construction work is moving apace at Tinker Lane. The cellar is now installed below ground level and the pad is largely laid out with membrane and aggregate overlay. These comments from observation of Eric Waltons excellent aerial images from FFTL Facebook (view here) and not from IGas. The CLG will meet later this month when hopefully we will get some official comment from IGas on the programme. The conditions deal with the final selection of the drill rig and the choice is apparently between Drilltec VDD-370 35 metres height and Marriott HH-220 30 metres height at maximum extensions. The bundle of submitted documentation relating to the conditions above is attached to this post and has been received by local parish councils for comments. Condition 8 deals with the selection of the drill rig and gives the dimensions of the drill rigs etc. Condition 22 deals with the noise emission from the rigs at the receptors. Condition 33 deals with the dimensions/capacity of a water attenuation tank. A letter of application as made by IGas to NCC is also attached. If you have comments that you would like to make please contact your parish council, Sutton cum Lound Parish Council email contact detail here email@example.com. The consultation period runs from 20th April 2018 for 14 days.
Image captured today courtesy, Facebook, Frack Free Tinker Lane, Jon Ashton post. Shows the cellar arriving at Tinker Lane.
Aerial photography courtesy of Eric Walton. Shows work in progess on pad, laying membrane and hardcore overlay.
Construction work has started in earnest at Tinker Lane. Large earthmoving equipment is building the bund and deliveries to site have ramped up. The images attached were taken on Monday 19th February. An enhanced police presence was noted during the day and a 30 mph restriction applied to the stretch of road in the vicinity.
IGas advise that in the coming weeks they will commence work on the civils requirements (drainage, haul road, surface preparation, etc.). They confirm that there will be no impact on traffic using the A634 as the site entrance and airlock have been completed. The adjacent layby, LHS heading towards Blyth will remain closed.
The CLG will meet next Thursday 22nd February and the site will be updated with more updates on site activity as appropriate.
IGas announce that Misson Springs will be drilled before Tinker Lane in their Operational and Trading Update.
Operational Highlights: Site construction is ongoing at our sites in North Nottinghamshire, Springs Road and Tinker Lane. It is the Company’s intention to drill the Springs Road well first. We expect to spud Springs Road mid-2018.
IGas (Dart Energy Eastern) have advised us this morning that drilling of the water monitoring boreholes will be undertaken and completed this week.
Work around the entrance to the site is now complete and a further days work is required to “finish” the layby. The temporary traffic lights will then be removed “for the foreseeable future”.
If you have any questions then please contact us through the contact form on this website and we will address questions on your behalf to IGas.
Contractors have been working on the site entrance, hardcore delivered and site security cabins moved since our last update. As of 26th November the layby immediately adjacent to the site is closed and traffic lights to establish a single lane on the A634 in abeyance but we might expect some further disruption this week. IGas tell us that they expect to start work on the site construction soon.
The Parish Councils have recently been commenting on the proposals submitted by IGas with regard to discharge of planning conditions as imposed by Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC). This activity is mentioned in the update email received from IGas by the CLG today. The email reads on behalf of the developer Dart Energy/IGas and updates the CLG on the activities as they unfold at Tinker Lane.
Discharging of Planning Conditions:
We have now submitted the last of the discharge documents to Nottinghamshire County Council. They can be found at the bottom of the “documents” tab here: http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/planningsearch/plandisp.aspx?AppNo=ES/3524
The guideline turnaround time for these is usually 28 though it could be less or, equally, it could be more. IGas will keep the CLG updated on progress.
As some of you are aware, we requested a non-material amendment to the planning permission that relates to the closure of the layby near the site. This has now been accepted and the result is that the layby should now only be closed during the construction, drilling and restoration phases with the plan now being that it will be open during the evaluation stage. This should dramatically reduce the length of time it is closed.
With regards to the site, the crops were taken in about two weeks ago by the farmer with the areas of the field not under our planning permission being put back into work.
We’ve pegged out some site boundaries and begun some very initial site investigations to inform the final design of the well pad. Some additional and related work will evident in the coming weeks including a tidy up of the site entrance. These activities require some small machinery (a bobcat and a tractor mounted drill) but it should be noted that neither represents the commencement of site construction. An image of the site taken this week showing some of the marker posts at the site is shown.
NCC are in receipt of IGas Energy Plc proposals for the discharge of conditions that surround the application to drill the exploratory borehole at Tinker Lane. The information was sent originally to Torworth and Barnby Moor Parish Councils for comment. NCC request that responses are made within 14 days of the original date of the email notification of 9th August, hence before 23rd August.
The proposals are as follows:
Please respond directly by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
IGas have made formal application to Nottinghamshire County Council to arrange for the closure of the only North West bound layby on the A634 during the development at Tinker Lane.
NCC resolved to grant Dart Energy planning permission for Tinker Lane on 21st March 2017 subject to securing certain Agreements under Section 106 of The Town & Country Planning Act. The particular aspects have now been agreed (26/05/2017) between, Dart Energy, landowner Morrell and NCC as follows:
The HGV routeing scheme and driver code of conduct.
All HGV’s to enter & leave the site via A634 Retford Road, the B6045, High Street and Spital Road. Dart & Morell (Morell indemnified by Dart) “The Parties”. The Parties are required to use “reasonable endeavours” including audit checks to enforce the First Schedule except in the case of “Emergency Circumstances”
A Cash Deposit Restoration Bond
A Cash Deposit Restoration Bond of £183,000, index linked, to be deposited before work commences. That work also includes the ground water monitoring boreholes (we were surprised that Dart were holding back on this!).
Community Liaison Committee (CLC)
NCC to nominate representatives from local community to serve on the CLC. One wonders if the members of the CLG will be nominated as members of CLC!
A redacted copy of the entire S106 Agreement is appended here.
However the survey, that includes a section of PEDL 200 (but not Tinker Lane site itself) is subject to certain conditions imposed by NCC Minerals Planning Authority. The letter that sets out the conditions was sent by email to INEOS Upstream.
Full letter here, main points as follows:
INEOS must respect stand-off distances as previously agreed with Historic England in the vicinity of Cresswell Crags. Natural England require stand-offs at certain sensitive receptors, Birklands and Bilhaugh.
Where shot holes are required across brownfield or former industrial sites then the Environment Agency will have an involvement. Certain trees would also be safeguarded throughout the 6 month survey, those determined as veteran and ancient trees by the INEOS Environmental Clerk of Works. It is not clear from the letter if a ban on shot holing the land that has been used for spoil disposal applies to the areas around for instance, Manton Colliery.
Nottinghamshire County Council have written to Sutton Parish Council (and other Parish Councils) to advise that on 24th May Planning Permission was formally granted to Dart Energy for the Tinker Lane Exploratory borehole. This follows the completion of certain Section 106 requirements imposed as conditions at the Planning Determination meeting earlier this year. A link to the documentation that relates to the application is available on the NCC website.
INEOS have advised NCC that under permitted development rights they are minded to conduct 3D seismic surveys across a substantial area of the East Midlands. A report detailing the work programme is appended here. It is apparent that a portion of PEDL 200 will also be surveyed, a strip stretching from Worksop across to Ranby village.
We are advised that IGas will give us more detail of when the “incursion” will take place when received from INEOS.
Work is scheduled to start on 5th June and may take 6 months or so to complete.
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