Energy firm IGas has applied to drill a test well at a site in Cheshire with plans to frack for shale gas.
Fracking plans submitted for Cheshire site
The site, in Grinsome Road on Ince Marshes near Elton and Helsby, has been chosen because of the its “proud industrial heritage” according to John Blaymires from IGas, who also said: “There are a number of significant employers in the area whose businesses rely on gas, which is something that we could potentially supply in the future, directly from the area.” The planning permission is to drill a temporary well that goes vertically and horizontally, to yield more gas.
Cheshire West and Cheshire Council will consider the county’s first fracking application which campaigners said was “incredibly concerning”.
The initial tests conducted on the site were met with concern by anti-fracking campaign groups due to Ince Marshes designation as a Site of Biological Importance.
Adrienne Baines from Frack Free Helsby said: “We are in no doubt that the intention is to develop fracking on a significant scale in this area of Cheshire.
“If these plans go ahead communities in this area will not be immune to the considerable increase in traffic from HGV movements, risk of water and land contamination, further reduction in air quality, and the irrevocable industrialisation of the surrounding countryside.”
Last month, the British Geological Survey announced that a new national research centre would be opened on Ince Marshes to monitor the effects of shale gas extraction.