Acid stimulation at Markwells wood exploratory drilling site

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Dear Environment Agency,

I have already asked this question in response to the answer to a previous request, my request was made on 23rd February, so the time limit has been exceeded. https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/l...

I therefore request you answer my query ASAP:

Dear National Requests,

Thank you for your response.

I notice on the Northern Petroleum website they mention that 'The
well testing indicated that acid stimulation was successful in
enhancing the production capability'.

However, I did not see any details of this in the documents you
sent.

Are you aware of any acid stimulation that has taken place at the
Markwells wood site?

If yes, please could you list the chemicals used, along with the
volumes and concentrations.

Did any water quality testing take place before, during or after
any drilling activities or acid stimulation?

If yes, at which sites?

Thank you for your time

Becky Martin

Enquiries, Unit, Environment Agency

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Dear Becky,

 

With reference to your questions by email dated March 26 2014 please see
our responses as follows –

 

 

‘Are you aware of any acid stimulation that has taken place at the
Markwells wood site?

 

If yes, please could you list the chemicals used, along with the volumes
and concentrations’.

 

We have no information on acid stimulation at Markwells Wood.

 

‘Did any water quality testing take place before, during or after any
drilling activities or acid stimulation?

 

If yes, at which sites?’

 

We do not hold any information regarding on water quality testing carried
out.

 

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Brigitte Lechner left an annotation ()

Someone is not telling the truth. Where is the source of information claiming that acid was used?

Becky Martin left an annotation ()

..unless they took samples to the lab and did the testing there? If so they are misleading their investors on the website!

Dear National Requests,

This is the link on the website that indicates that acid stimulation took place: http://www.northernpetroleum.com/operati...

Will you contact the developers to ask if they failed to inform you of on site acid stimulation, or if their testing was lab based?

Could you please inform us of your results

Please treat this email as a FOI request

Yours sincerely,

Becky Martin

National Requests, Environment Agency

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Dear Becky

 

RE: Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA) / Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR)

 

Thank you for your enquiry which was received on 24/04/14

 

Question

This is the link on the website that indicates that acid stimulation took
place: [1]http://www.northernpetroleum.com/operati....
Will you contact the developers to ask if they failed to inform you of
onsite acid stimulation, or if their testing was lab based? Could you
please inform us of your results.

 

Our response

We were aware that the use of acid was proposed as part of the well
testing, as this information was included in planning application
documents submitted to the planning authority. There was no requirement
for an environmental permit at that time.

 

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Brigitte Lechner left an annotation ()

"We have no information on acid stimulation at Markwells Wood."

This is clearly not accurate as they later on say they knew it was part of the planning application. It does leave one wondering what/what else they are not wanting to give access to.