Dorset County Council approves plans for 24-hour exploratory gas well drilling

Bournemouth Echo: PLANS: California Quarry in Swanage PLANS: California Quarry in Swanage

AN exploratory gas well will be drilled near Swanage after planning permission was secured from Dorset County Council.

The 24-hour drilling work, extending out under the sea to search for natural gas in offshore Triassic Sherwood sandstone, is expected to begin late next year.

If gas is found a six month evaluation period will follow, after which a new application would be required to extract at the site, at California Quarry.

The InfraStrata application was opposed by many local residents due to concerns over noise, truck movements, atmospheric pollution and global warming.

Angela Pooley, of East Dorset Friends of the Earth, said: “We are strongly opposed to this development, which is only 500m away from Durlston Country Park.

“People have been complaining about the Navitus Bay wind farm affecting the Jurassic Coast, but this is virtually on top of it.

“We should be working towards using more renewables, as Dorset County Council committed itself to do in its renewable energy strategy.”

InfraStrata operates drilling licences and gas storage projects in Dorset and Northern Ireland, and is based in Richmond.

The firm has permission to drill for up to three years, but the work – which cannot be carried out during the summer – is only expected to last for ten weeks.

Chief executive Andrew Hindle said: “The approval for the well in Dorset is an important step in building a multi-well programme across our portfolio for the coming year.

“If we find hydrocarbons we would need to go through a separate planning process to extract.

“It could be in the same location, it is already an industrial site and is well screened and the same considerations apply.

“We are looking at conventional prospects, this is just like the nearby Kimmeridge field which has been in production for more than 50 years.”

Earlier this year county councillors granted permission to extend oil production at Purbeck’s Wytch Farm for a further 21 years.

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4:39pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Ophilum says...

What a great idea hope it helps to keep the energy prices down so the old and the less well off aren't frozen in winter , the friends of the earth are no such thing they are luddites who cling to the global warmist religion.
What a great idea hope it helps to keep the energy prices down so the old and the less well off aren't frozen in winter , the friends of the earth are no such thing they are luddites who cling to the global warmist religion. Ophilum
  • Score: -7

6:00pm Sat 4 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

Fracking in disguise ....
Fracking in disguise .... BIGTONE
  • Score: 4

6:36pm Sat 4 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

BIGTONE wrote:
Fracking in disguise ....
Hardly in disguise, exploratory drilling for gas is one way to establish if there are resources worth extracting, maybe or maybe not by fracking. It seems to make a lot more sense in terms of future reliable and inexpensive UK energy than sticking up a wind farm - which would have been out of action for most of past few weeks because it has been too windy.....
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: Fracking in disguise ....[/p][/quote]Hardly in disguise, exploratory drilling for gas is one way to establish if there are resources worth extracting, maybe or maybe not by fracking. It seems to make a lot more sense in terms of future reliable and inexpensive UK energy than sticking up a wind farm - which would have been out of action for most of past few weeks because it has been too windy..... muscliffman
  • Score: 3

7:02pm Sat 4 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

muscliffman wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
Fracking in disguise ....
Hardly in disguise, exploratory drilling for gas is one way to establish if there are resources worth extracting, maybe or maybe not by fracking. It seems to make a lot more sense in terms of future reliable and inexpensive UK energy than sticking up a wind farm - which would have been out of action for most of past few weeks because it has been too windy.....
Inexpensive energy? Are you having a laugh?
The utility companies are like sharks that have tasted blood.
They will nail us all to the wall for as much as they can get away with.
Young.Old vulnerable,they couldn't care less. The shareholders pockets are what count.
The more they make the bigger the Government slice.

The truth is,non of us will know exactly what they are doing just like top secret GM crop cultivation/modifica
tion.
We are the worst EU country for citizens rights and freedoms.

If you are happy to be fed bull5hit and eat it That's your choice not mine.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: Fracking in disguise ....[/p][/quote]Hardly in disguise, exploratory drilling for gas is one way to establish if there are resources worth extracting, maybe or maybe not by fracking. It seems to make a lot more sense in terms of future reliable and inexpensive UK energy than sticking up a wind farm - which would have been out of action for most of past few weeks because it has been too windy.....[/p][/quote]Inexpensive energy? Are you having a laugh? The utility companies are like sharks that have tasted blood. They will nail us all to the wall for as much as they can get away with. Young.Old vulnerable,they couldn't care less. The shareholders pockets are what count. The more they make the bigger the Government slice. The truth is,non of us will know exactly what they are doing just like top secret GM crop cultivation/modifica tion. We are the worst EU country for citizens rights and freedoms. If you are happy to be fed bull5hit and eat it That's your choice not mine. BIGTONE
  • Score: 7

8:02pm Sat 4 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

So leave it there .And go neuclea .sooner rather than latter.
So leave it there .And go neuclea .sooner rather than latter. kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 5

8:32pm Sat 4 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

BIGTONE wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
Fracking in disguise ....
Hardly in disguise, exploratory drilling for gas is one way to establish if there are resources worth extracting, maybe or maybe not by fracking. It seems to make a lot more sense in terms of future reliable and inexpensive UK energy than sticking up a wind farm - which would have been out of action for most of past few weeks because it has been too windy.....
Inexpensive energy? Are you having a laugh?
The utility companies are like sharks that have tasted blood.
They will nail us all to the wall for as much as they can get away with.
Young.Old vulnerable,they couldn't care less. The shareholders pockets are what count.
The more they make the bigger the Government slice.

The truth is,non of us will know exactly what they are doing just like top secret GM crop cultivation/modifica

tion.
We are the worst EU country for citizens rights and freedoms.

If you are happy to be fed bull5hit and eat it That's your choice not mine.
Actually I don't disagree with you, even when 'cheap' energy does become available every opportunity is used to jack the price up to the highest level the politicians, their tax men and the utilities can get away with.

I remember when diesel fuel was incredibly inexpensive and modestly taxed because unlike costly petrol it was confined to mostly large vehicle commercial use, then along came decent and popular new private cars achieving superb mpg on diesel - now compare the taxes and forecourt price of diesel with petrol!

So I share your pessimism that however and whatever (green to downright filthy) way energy is generated the wealthy few will soon find a way to get even richer supplying it at great expense to the poor.
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: Fracking in disguise ....[/p][/quote]Hardly in disguise, exploratory drilling for gas is one way to establish if there are resources worth extracting, maybe or maybe not by fracking. It seems to make a lot more sense in terms of future reliable and inexpensive UK energy than sticking up a wind farm - which would have been out of action for most of past few weeks because it has been too windy.....[/p][/quote]Inexpensive energy? Are you having a laugh? The utility companies are like sharks that have tasted blood. They will nail us all to the wall for as much as they can get away with. Young.Old vulnerable,they couldn't care less. The shareholders pockets are what count. The more they make the bigger the Government slice. The truth is,non of us will know exactly what they are doing just like top secret GM crop cultivation/modifica tion. We are the worst EU country for citizens rights and freedoms. If you are happy to be fed bull5hit and eat it That's your choice not mine.[/p][/quote]Actually I don't disagree with you, even when 'cheap' energy does become available every opportunity is used to jack the price up to the highest level the politicians, their tax men and the utilities can get away with. I remember when diesel fuel was incredibly inexpensive and modestly taxed because unlike costly petrol it was confined to mostly large vehicle commercial use, then along came decent and popular new private cars achieving superb mpg on diesel - now compare the taxes and forecourt price of diesel with petrol! So I share your pessimism that however and whatever (green to downright filthy) way energy is generated the wealthy few will soon find a way to get even richer supplying it at great expense to the poor. muscliffman
  • Score: 9

9:01pm Sat 4 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

muscliffman says...
private cars achieving superb mpg on diesel - now compare the taxes and forecourt price of diesel with petrol......

The nail on the head......we are the only EU country that diesel is more expensive than petrol because as soon as the masses start buying diesel....Hey Presto! The price shoots up for greedy taxes all round.


Back to the fracking.....it's hugely Government driven because just like the sharks they can smell the taxes and a good majority of ministers and MP's will no doubt have business interest in it somewhere.
Corruption at its finest.
muscliffman says... private cars achieving superb mpg on diesel - now compare the taxes and forecourt price of diesel with petrol...... The nail on the head......we are the only EU country that diesel is more expensive than petrol because as soon as the masses start buying diesel....Hey Presto! The price shoots up for greedy taxes all round. Back to the fracking.....it's hugely Government driven because just like the sharks they can smell the taxes and a good majority of ministers and MP's will no doubt have business interest in it somewhere. Corruption at its finest. BIGTONE
  • Score: 6

9:03pm Sat 4 Jan 14

BobBall says...

Ophilum wrote:
What a great idea hope it helps to keep the energy prices down so the old and the less well off aren't frozen in winter , the friends of the earth are no such thing they are luddites who cling to the global warmist religion.
Exactly, hypocritical NIMBYs who are extremely well off and use far more fossil fuels then the average citizen of planet earth.

These middle class tossers ought to spend some time on an oil rig out in the North Sea or worse still 6 to a room offshore from the Middle East and then see what their views on getting energy are.
[quote][p][bold]Ophilum[/bold] wrote: What a great idea hope it helps to keep the energy prices down so the old and the less well off aren't frozen in winter , the friends of the earth are no such thing they are luddites who cling to the global warmist religion.[/p][/quote]Exactly, hypocritical NIMBYs who are extremely well off and use far more fossil fuels then the average citizen of planet earth. These middle class tossers ought to spend some time on an oil rig out in the North Sea or worse still 6 to a room offshore from the Middle East and then see what their views on getting energy are. BobBall
  • Score: 2

10:46pm Sat 4 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

BIGTONE wrote:
muscliffman says...
private cars achieving superb mpg on diesel - now compare the taxes and forecourt price of diesel with petrol......

The nail on the head......we are the only EU country that diesel is more expensive than petrol because as soon as the masses start buying diesel....Hey Presto! The price shoots up for greedy taxes all round.


Back to the fracking.....it's hugely Government driven because just like the sharks they can smell the taxes and a good majority of ministers and MP's will no doubt have business interest in it somewhere.
Corruption at its finest.
No doubt fracking will attract the opportunists in due course, I am sure a rich but orderly queue is forming already. But many of the 'green' alternatives (fading a tad from popular fashion lately if I may suggest) have already been hijacked by big business, with massive public subsidies paid out (or likely to be paid) to wind farm promoting/manufactur
ing Companies providing or planning to provide relatively inefficient energy.

It is frequently reported that the Prime Minister's own multi-millionaire father in law is heavily involved in the wind turbine business, what marvellous foresight.........
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: muscliffman says... private cars achieving superb mpg on diesel - now compare the taxes and forecourt price of diesel with petrol...... The nail on the head......we are the only EU country that diesel is more expensive than petrol because as soon as the masses start buying diesel....Hey Presto! The price shoots up for greedy taxes all round. Back to the fracking.....it's hugely Government driven because just like the sharks they can smell the taxes and a good majority of ministers and MP's will no doubt have business interest in it somewhere. Corruption at its finest.[/p][/quote]No doubt fracking will attract the opportunists in due course, I am sure a rich but orderly queue is forming already. But many of the 'green' alternatives (fading a tad from popular fashion lately if I may suggest) have already been hijacked by big business, with massive public subsidies paid out (or likely to be paid) to wind farm promoting/manufactur ing Companies providing or planning to provide relatively inefficient energy. It is frequently reported that the Prime Minister's own multi-millionaire father in law is heavily involved in the wind turbine business, what marvellous foresight......... muscliffman
  • Score: 7

11:10pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Yankee1 says...

'The Hills are alive..........
With the sound of fracking............
.'

The only people this will disturb (if at all) are the happy holiday home owners at Swanage Bay View. The ones who motor down from London and region in petrol burning vehicles, expecting tanks of propane to be delivered to their bijou holiday villas with a sea view better than most flatlanders in town have. They are a tough lot; they have endured much in recent years, though they are content at the moment, and bring much trade to the townfolk.

But herein lies the truth: we need energy. We demand it; we expect it. And (as America has found) such means of extracting energy are the only way to do this. What else? Nuclear? Wind? Not in a generation at least could either take up the slack in what WILL be demanded.

Life is full of compromises, and Purbeck (with its Wytch Farm, and now this, and wind farms up the hills and Navitus in the Bay) has its bit to do. Just make certain that Purbeck benefits economically. The local Councils have a good track record of spending, and not creating, money for local coffers.

'Frack...every....mo
untain
Wind.....Mill every bay............
Purbeck needs its energy...
Common sense will take the day!'
'The Hills are alive.......... With the sound of fracking............ .' The only people this will disturb (if at all) are the happy holiday home owners at Swanage Bay View. The ones who motor down from London and region in petrol burning vehicles, expecting tanks of propane to be delivered to their bijou holiday villas with a sea view better than most flatlanders in town have. They are a tough lot; they have endured much in recent years, though they are content at the moment, and bring much trade to the townfolk. But herein lies the truth: we need energy. We demand it; we expect it. And (as America has found) such means of extracting energy are the only way to do this. What else? Nuclear? Wind? Not in a generation at least could either take up the slack in what WILL be demanded. Life is full of compromises, and Purbeck (with its Wytch Farm, and now this, and wind farms up the hills and Navitus in the Bay) has its bit to do. Just make certain that Purbeck benefits economically. The local Councils have a good track record of spending, and not creating, money for local coffers. 'Frack...every....mo untain Wind.....Mill every bay............ Purbeck needs its energy... Common sense will take the day!' Yankee1
  • Score: 1

11:17pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Yankee1 says...

One little observation:

I buy BP petrol in the UK at...what...135 p or thereabout per litre.

I buy BP in Florida at,...what.....45 p a litre.

I own BP shares that produce a dividend based on this companies profits.

So what is the difference? Do I get more dividend from my UK BP shares than its US operation?

The difference, boys and girls, is government duty. The cost of a barrel of light crude produces by BP is determined by the market on any given day. It is the same for Shell, Exxon Mobile, Chevron Texaco and the others.

If you require a culprit for high prices, speak to your MP. I am 'sure' Drax is for the People..............
.
One little observation: I buy BP petrol in the UK at...what...135 p or thereabout per litre. I buy BP in Florida at,...what.....45 p a litre. I own BP shares that produce a dividend based on this companies profits. So what is the difference? Do I get more dividend from my UK BP shares than its US operation? The difference, boys and girls, is government duty. The cost of a barrel of light crude produces by BP is determined by the market on any given day. It is the same for Shell, Exxon Mobile, Chevron Texaco and the others. If you require a culprit for high prices, speak to your MP. I am 'sure' Drax is for the People.............. . Yankee1
  • Score: 8

10:13am Sun 5 Jan 14

itsneverblackorwhite says...

let us see the campaigners stay out in this weather!
let us see the campaigners stay out in this weather! itsneverblackorwhite
  • Score: 0

10:31am Sun 5 Jan 14

Angrydolphin says...

Im all in favour of fracking any public space, as long as it is noisy and offends local people. Just as long as im warm cosy and dry, i would burn down the rain forests!
Im all in favour of fracking any public space, as long as it is noisy and offends local people. Just as long as im warm cosy and dry, i would burn down the rain forests! Angrydolphin
  • Score: 4

2:16pm Sun 5 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

This is a normal 5 bedroom house EDF energy charge me less than £3 60 a day
now that's what I call a bargain
its only 70 p each per day when 5 are here
that's water and gas
how much is it for one day in a council bedsit @ Whinton George ?
This is a normal 5 bedroom house EDF energy charge me less than £3 60 a day now that's what I call a bargain its only 70 p each per day when 5 are here that's water and gas how much is it for one day in a council bedsit @ Whinton George ? nickynoodah
  • Score: 0

4:41pm Sun 5 Jan 14

mooninpisces says...

What do Challenge Navitus say about this, I wonder?

Or do they only oppose renewable energy?
What do Challenge Navitus say about this, I wonder? Or do they only oppose renewable energy? mooninpisces
  • Score: 3

9:11am Tue 7 Jan 14

Bluestew says...

Fracking is on the Dorset horizon. 60% of the UK has licences and California Quarry is Dorset's gateway to the massive industrialisation that drilling involves. 100s of vast components on lorries travelling through the Corfe bottleneck. Tearing up roads, ignoring regulation and flouting safety and dripping chemicals along the way.

The Government tell us we have golden safety regulations that make fracking safer than the U.S. and Australian industry that has left vast swathes of the country polluted and dangerous, yet in all operations at Balcombe regulation was flouted at exploratory stage and ignored by the Environment Agency and the Police. The same is now happening with IGas at Barton Moss, Salford. The fracking agenda is being railroaded through with no social licence and the law being trampled in the process.

Fracking will bring no cheaper gas, as Caudrilla CEO Lord Browne has already himself stated.

People of Swanage think that accepting this borehole on the back of Durlston will stop Navitus bay wind farm ...it won't and this one borehole could potentially lead to 100s of frack pads and roads infecting the Purbeck and Dorset landscape bringing it's toxic legacy of water contamination, light pollution, noise pollution, and seismic damage.
Cash incentives from gas/oil corps are minuscule in comparison to the loss of value to ALL properties in Swanage and surrounding areas and the insurance policies. And ultimately the environmental price.
Fracking is on the Dorset horizon. 60% of the UK has licences and California Quarry is Dorset's gateway to the massive industrialisation that drilling involves. 100s of vast components on lorries travelling through the Corfe bottleneck. Tearing up roads, ignoring regulation and flouting safety and dripping chemicals along the way. The Government tell us we have golden safety regulations that make fracking safer than the U.S. and Australian industry that has left vast swathes of the country polluted and dangerous, yet in all operations at Balcombe regulation was flouted at exploratory stage and ignored by the Environment Agency and the Police. The same is now happening with IGas at Barton Moss, Salford. The fracking agenda is being railroaded through with no social licence and the law being trampled in the process. Fracking will bring no cheaper gas, as Caudrilla CEO Lord Browne has already himself stated. People of Swanage think that accepting this borehole on the back of Durlston will stop Navitus bay wind farm ...it won't and this one borehole could potentially lead to 100s of frack pads and roads infecting the Purbeck and Dorset landscape bringing it's toxic legacy of water contamination, light pollution, noise pollution, and seismic damage. Cash incentives from gas/oil corps are minuscule in comparison to the loss of value to ALL properties in Swanage and surrounding areas and the insurance policies. And ultimately the environmental price. Bluestew
  • Score: 1

11:38pm Wed 8 Jan 14

eyesropen says...

itsneverblackorwhite wrote:
let us see the campaigners stay out in this weather!
They are...in Manchester where it's a bit colder than here on the balmy south coast!
[quote][p][bold]itsneverblackorwhite[/bold] wrote: let us see the campaigners stay out in this weather![/p][/quote]They are...in Manchester where it's a bit colder than here on the balmy south coast! eyesropen
  • Score: 0

11:46pm Wed 8 Jan 14

eyesropen says...

Ophilum wrote:
What a great idea hope it helps to keep the energy prices down so the old and the less well off aren't frozen in winter , the friends of the earth are no such thing they are luddites who cling to the global warmist religion.
You really need to read a better newspaper than the Daily Mail. Do a bit of research: it will have no effect whatsoever on prices. Even the chairman of the frackers Cuadrilla admits that! Have you not seen the melting ice caps? You do realise that they are responsible for the vortex currently freezing north america don't you? No, I guess you don't...there's an excellent article in Scientific American available online - you're welcome.

Looking forward to the gridlock caused by the lorries passing through Corfe...NOT!
[quote][p][bold]Ophilum[/bold] wrote: What a great idea hope it helps to keep the energy prices down so the old and the less well off aren't frozen in winter , the friends of the earth are no such thing they are luddites who cling to the global warmist religion.[/p][/quote]You really need to read a better newspaper than the Daily Mail. Do a bit of research: it will have no effect whatsoever on prices. Even the chairman of the frackers Cuadrilla admits that! Have you not seen the melting ice caps? You do realise that they are responsible for the vortex currently freezing north america don't you? No, I guess you don't...there's an excellent article in Scientific American available online - you're welcome. Looking forward to the gridlock caused by the lorries passing through Corfe...NOT! eyesropen
  • Score: 0

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