Egdon Resources react to Government's decision to reject plans for commercial drilling

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 12 Jan 2018

Egdon Resources have said they will "review options available to them" after the Government turned down their proposals to drill for oil in North Lincolnshire.

The firm had two applications to retain an oil well at Lodge Farm, north of Wressle, turned down by planners at North Lincolnshire Council.

Now, managing director of Egdon, Mark Abbott, has said he is disappointed with the Planning Inspectorate's decision.

“The decision of the Planning Inspectorate is clearly highly disappointing given the strong case presented at the inquiry, the previous positive recommendations of North Lincolnshire Council’s Planning Officer in respect of the applications and the issue of an Environmental Permit for the proposed development which was determined after an extensive and thorough review of our proposals," he said.

The oil well based at Wressle, North Lincolnshire.

"The Planning Inspectorate’s decision to uphold our appeal for the extension of the original Wressle exploration well planning consent gives us some time to consider our next steps."

Mr Webb added that the firm would give an update on their next steps in the coming days.

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"We will now take the opportunity to consider in detail the reasons for the refusals as contained in the decision notice and review the options available to us.

"We will provide a further update in the next few days.”

The Government has granted permission for the firm to extend their retention of the Wressle oil well until April 2018.

Geraldine Clayton outside the Civic Centre ahead of planning meeting to vote on oil drilling in the Ancholme Valley near Wressle in July 2017. (Image: David Haber)

Geraldine Clayton, who campaigned against the applications alongside Frack Free Lincolnshire, has said she is "very pleased" with the decision.

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Mrs Clayton said: "There was a lot of detail at the planning enquiry and it came out that Egdon had not prepared the site well.

"Obviously we are very pleased with the result."

In his report explaining the decisions, Keri Williams said it had not been shown that "unacceptable adverse impacts to groundwater resources and water courses" would not come from the development.

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