Third Energy to begin Fracking
This week North Yorkshire County Council approved the application by Third Energy to begin fracking apre-existing well near the village of Kirby Misperton. This is a landmark decision as it is the first time a company has been given go-ahead since the moratorium on fracking was lifted in 2012.
“The decision in North Yorkshire was an important first step and underlined our firm belief that the process is safe and can be done environmentally sensitively,” says Ken Cronin of the industry body UKOOG.
Following the approval, Igas, the largest independent operator of onshore oil and gas fields in Britain, announced that it would drill two exploratory shale gas wells in Nottinghamshire early 2017, subject to planning and permit approval and will also applying to frack in the North West of England. Igas previously drilled wells at Barton Moss near Salford and at two locations in Cheshire.