You asked on December 31 “Was the Bassetlaw District Council right not to oppose the application by IGas to drill for shale gas at Misson?”
The answer is “The Planning Committee was WRONG in its approach.” This was the first application in Nottinghamshire, which will probably lead to fracking-a process now stopped in Denton in the US where it all began. The No Objection response to Notts County Council’s request for advice sent the wrong message.
John Mann MP’s view that there should be no fracking in Bassetlaw, because that was what the majority of his North Notts constituents wanted, was ignored. Detailed surveys of public opinion by ourselves and by the Misson Parish Council showed that 87% of villagers in North Notts had objected to fracking. Their views were ridden over roughshod and not even referred to the County Council.
This was not just about one application for one well. With the share price of IGas at rock bottom, they can only make money by having hundreds of wells spread across the countryside. This will be largely financed by the oil company Total, from France where fracking is banned, as it in many other countries. This government has blighted the housing market across North Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire where there are fracking licences. BDC did not even mention the causes which would lead to this blight.
There was also no reference made by any councillor of a 20,000 words long scientific report by an Emeritus Prof of Geophysics , David Smythe, which I sent to each one of them. This report showed that the IGas application was flawed. It listed 27 misleading and /or incomplete matters.
Among these were that no details of the well casing programme were provided, contrary to normal practice. The Applicant allegedly sees no faults in the area when there is strong borehole evidence for the existence of a fault cutting across the site as well as other coalmining and seismic data evidence for faults. Worst or all of the site may be sited on the Sherwood Sandstone Princiipal Amplifier. IGas also failed to mention the Magnesium Limestone Principal Aquifer, less than 500 m in depth below the site. These provide the pure drinking water for a large part of Nottinghamshire.
The Prof states that this “will be at risk from the development”.
Do not kid yourself that well casings do not break down. 44% have broken down in Queensland Australia .At the moment in California there is a huge unstoppable plume of methane that has been escaping for two months. Methane or shale gas is many times more damaging for climate change than CO2.
Surely this report which forecasts the strong possibility of poisoning of our drinking water and pollution of the air across the Idle Valley should have been brought to the attention of Notts County Council?