Methane gas exploration short-lived with limited impacts

In granting temporary permission for an energy company to undertake exploratory drilling for methane gas in north Wales an inspector has decided that many of the council's objections to the scheme were misplaced.

The scheme involved setting up a drilling rig to drill a borehole. The whole process was likely to take less than three to four months, the inspector noted, and in his opinion the impact on the landscape would be very limited and short-lived. There was little likelihood of the scheme causing pollution of an aquifer because it involved testing for the gas and not dewatering which would involve a further phase linked to extraction and which did not form part of the appeal proposal. Some noise and additional traffic movements would result but this would also occur over a relatively short period of time. Nor was there any significant evidence that it would lead to geological instability or subsidence.

Inspector: Clive Nield; Written representations

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