IGas, Tinker Lane Exploratory Well Near Barnby Moor
If you have travelled along the A634 recently (Retford Road between Blyth & Barnby Moor) you may have noticed a couple of portacabins and a generator surrounded by security fencing in a field to one side of the road. In so doing you have caught first sight of what Island Gas Ltd. (IGas) hope will be the site of their new exploratory drilling pad. The site is referred to by IGas as the Tinker Lane 1 Exploratory Well in its document “Request for Scoping Opinion” that was submitted to Nottinghamshire County Council(NCC) in late November 2015. If IGas are successful in securing planning and regulatory consents then their intention later this year is to drill 3 sets of monitoring bore holes and a further vertical borehole into the shale layer. If conditions then prove favourable they may then apply for permission to hydraulically fracture (FRACK) the vertical well or a lateral well drilled off of the vertical well.
The activities that are likely to unfold at Tinker Lane will it is believed impact in some way on Sutton and other villages in the locality: Barnby Moor, Blyth, Babworth, Lound, Mattersey, Ranskill and Scrooby. Residents from those villages, a mix of Parish Councillors and community representatives have come together to form a Community Liaison Group (CLG). Established in January the aim of the CLG is to provide a forum for discussion and dissemination of IGas plans throughout the life of the Tinker Lane project so that in turn residents in the villages can be kept informed of the latest developments. The activities of the CLG are reported on its website: www.tinkerlane.co.uk
Recent posts to the CLG website are also made available on the home page of the Sutton village website under a heading “Tinker Lane CLG”. A hard copy of all documentation and information from the CLG website is maintained in the entrance lobby to Sutton cum Lound Village Hall for those of you who do not have access to the internet.
We anticipate an application will be made by IGas for permission to drill the wells at Tinker Lane in late March/early April. IGas will then arrange for their own information drop in sessions at local venues to allow them to explain their plans. The CLG which operates independently of IGas will arrange separate drop in sessions and might invite regulatory bodies and groups who oppose unconventional gas extraction to be present along with IGas representatives so that residents can make their own minds up about IGas proposals.
Once IGas submits its application there are opportunities for residents to comment/object to the proposals in consultations by NCC and the Environment Agency (EA). The sole purpose of the drop in sessions is to give Sutton residents the opportunity to inform themselves on IGas plans for Tinker Lane and elsewhere in Bassetlaw. Keep an eye out for the dates of the sessions, we intend to advertise them throughout Sutton, on the village website and send a flyer to every home in the village.
Please take time out to come along to the sessions and find out for yourselves what plans IGas have for Tinker Lane and how those plans might affect you.