Plans to test for gas in a Derbyshire village has sparked opposition from locals.
The company Seven Star Natural Gas Limited plan to drill up to two boreholes off Dark Lane in Calow, then test the gas to confirm that natural gas is present in sufficient quantity, for on-site generation of electricity.
Villagers are worried by the plans, as they believe it will cause not only noise and air pollution, but there could also be a risk of subsidence after the gas is extracted. Locals are also concerned that Seven Star Natural Gas Limited may employ the fracking system in the future.
The outline planning deadline is October 19th.
In their planning application Seven Star Natural Gas Limited stated:
"The chosen site is a good location
from which to use the gas, on site, to generate electricity and feed it to the
local grid in the form of embedded power - i.e. power generated close to users.
"The electricity exported from the site
would be exported by underground cable to the local District Network Operators’
grid. This avoids the need for long power transmission cables and the
resulting losses and environmental impact.
"Natural gas, unlike most minerals, can
be utilised by extracting it from a relatively small diameter borehole.
The gas does not need to be ‘worked’ as it is present in the strata at depth, no
fracturing or fracking is required to release the gas."
Residents have planned a meeting at 8pm this evening (Wednesday 10 October) at the Calow Community Centre, for people to discuss the planning proposal and to put a strategy together to stop the application going through.
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