Plans for oil and gas drilling at North Lincolnshire site to be heard for third time after twice being rejected

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 22 Nov 2018

Plans to drill for oil and gas in North Lincolnshire will be heard for a third time, but campaigners have said there are still questions over water contamination.

The new propsoal would see Edgon Resources continue drilling at Lodge Farm near Wressle for another 15 years.

This is the third time the company has tried to get its plans approved by North Lincolnshire Council .

Campaigners praised a recent decision by councillors to turn down the last set of plans. They say there are still questions over water contamination.

Councillors on the council’s planning committee will hear the proposal on Wednesday, November 28 and have been recommended to approve the plan.


Representatives of Egdon Resources pictured at a previous meeting of North Lincolnshire Council's planning committee (Image: David Haber / Scunthorpe Live)

Mark Abbott, managing director at Egdon, said the new proposal "comprehensively addresses" previous concerns.

"This new application comprehensively addresses the reason for refusal given by the independent Planning Inspector’s decision letter which effectively came down to the issue of the potential impacts to groundwater resources and the associated environmental protection measures," he said.

"The new application to convert the Wressle site into a conventional oil production facility includes a new independent ground investigation report using the information from boreholes and tests undertaken in early 2018."

He added that the council has also commissioned an independent report into the plan which said the proposals are "appropriate and proportionate" to protect groundwater.

"We’re pleased that, given this positive report, the application has been recommended for approval by council officers subject to appropriate conditions, with no objections from British Steel, the Environment Agency or the Council’s own Environmental Health team," said Mr Abbott.

"We are keen to continue our dialogue with local people and will be seeking to establish a Community Liaison Group (CLG) which will be meeting regularly throughout the life of the project should the project be granted planning permission."

Protesters outside North Lincolnshire Council against oil drilling in Wressle.

But, local campaigner, Geraldine Clayton, said in a letter to the council that "enough is enough" and said there was still concern about water contamination.

"Egdon has already bamboozled it’s way through the planning system with a plethora of applications and appeals both here and in North Kelsey and Biscathorpe," she said.

"I believe it is now time to let them know that enough is enough.

"In this part of Lincolnshire, an unusually high percentage of the population rely on underground supplies for their domestic water use.

"Any potential hazards to our subsurface networks should be seriously taken into account."

The plan has also been met with "strong objection" from Broughton Town Council and concern from Appleby Town Council.



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