A new group has formed in Blyth. Following the “Are We Going to be Fracked” presentation by David Burley in July a small group of locals decided to come together to talk about the Tinker Lane exploratory well on the A634 between Blyth and Barnby Moor.
Tinker Lane Community Action Group want remind local people that iGas intend to drill a well around Christmas time and that this will involve:
- 4,500 traffic movements including 36 HGV movements per day during the construction phase
- the route will be from the A634, through Blyth and onto the A1 at Blyth roundabout
- the site is agricultural land, currently producing food
- the drilling rig could be twice the height of St Mary’s church
- the drill will operate for 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for 4 months
- the drill will reach the Bowland Shale expected to be 70 m thick and millstone grit shale tight sand expected to be 300m thick
- lights will illuminate the sight throughout the night
- the school is less than 2 miles away and down hill from the site
- there are 3 sites of special scientific interest less than 5 km away
- the are 5 species of bats in the area
- two blind bends, cyclists and HGVs turning could be a lethal combination
- a survey carried out in 2016 showed that 70% of local people do not want the development.
At the Planning meeting, where the site’s fate was decided, the vote was only 6:5 and the local people who objected to the application felt sure it would have gone the other way if the council had not been forced to rely on an HSE report which turned out to be a generic document. Councillors were advised by their solicitor not to vote against the proposal as they must rely on the statutory bodies to inform their decision. And yet iGas will be drilling through our principle aquifer (water source) without current seismic data using out of date records from before Harworth colliery was closed.
However, this new group intends to work together to raise awareness (there’s so much more to say!) and help protect the local countryside from industrialisation. We’ll be organising events, petitions and further public meetings
Our next group meetings are 22nd August and 20th September – come and join us for a coffee or a pint at the Red Hart 7.30 – 9.00.
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So you might see an unwanted version of a Christmas tree from the A1 this winter.