Anston Parish Council has been approached by agents for INEOS Upstream Limited (which holds Petroleum Exploration and Development Licences (PEDLs) to explore for gas in Anston within the shale layer of rock approximately 2,000-5,000 metres below the surface. Ineos are proposing to understand the geology better by undertaking gravity and magnetic surveys (which is merely walking on with a handheld small device) and 2D and 3D seismic surveys. The seismic survey consists of sinking explosive charges into the ground and listening for the return echo after detonation. This allows a surveyor to determine the type and structure of the underlying rock strata. The survey could also include some of the equipment shown below.
Receiver points – these record the sound waves returning from the rocks below ground. Most of the points are between 50 and 70 metres apart and normally no wider than 0.1 metre in diameter.
This is on the Parish Council agenda for Wednesday 5th October and Councillor Christine Sadler is urging residents to contact their local councillor if they have any concerns regarding these proposals.
INEOS is offering financial incentives to landowners who allow access and further payments if drilling and production begins under their land. The Recreation Ground (which belongs to the Charity) and Butterfield Walk (which belongs to the Council) are earmarked for initial seismic surveys.
Exploration is not the same as drilling a well.
The issue of fracking in Anston has been covered on this blog before: https://anstonparishcouncilwatch.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/to-frack-or-not-to-frack/
‘Hydraulic Fracturing aka ‘Fracking’ was first used in the 1950’s so it is nothing new….are the anti’s protesting about low volume or high volume fracking? Rock or Shale fracking?…’
If you have any views on this then come to the APC meeting on Wednesday but please remember; You have no right to speak at council meetings unless invited to do so by the Chairman.
A council meeting is not a public meeting.