Barton Moss drilling additives & hazardous waste

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billy Griffiths

Dear Environment Agency,

As detailed on your Permit number EPR/AB3709LD for test drilling by Island Gas Limited
Irlam Well Site
Land to the rear of Tunnel Farm
Barton Moss Road
Eccles
Manchester
M30 7RQ
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I request the following information.

1: The final drilling depth of the borehole.

2: Did any lateral drilling take place, if so, which direction did the drilling take and what depth did the drilling take place at?

3: "Drilling additives shall be approved in writing by the Environment Agency prior to use."

Please list all drilling additives agreed for use by the Environment Agency at Barton Moss Road including any radioactive tracers.

4: "The activities shall be limited to the following extractive waste types – hazardous oil based drilling muds, non-hazardous water based drilling muds, non-hazardous spent conditioning spacer, hazardous drill cuttings, non-hazardous drill cuttings, non-hazardous excess cement"

Please list all hazardous materials removed from site, all chemicals / hazarous fluids / radioactive materials contained in those materials.

5: The dates these hazardous materials were removed from site.

6: The location of all disposal sites used to dispose of these hazardous materials.

If you do not have access to this information, please either pass on the request, or inform me who does have the information.

Yours faithfully,

Billy Griffiths

Enquiries, Unit, Environment Agency

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From: billy Griffiths [mailto:[FOI #205082 email]]
Sent: 01 April 2014 22:12
To: Enquiries, Unit
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Barton Moss drilling additives &
hazardous waste

 

Dear Environment Agency,

 

As detailed on your Permit number EPR/AB3709LD for test drilling by Island
Gas Limited Irlam Well Site Land to the rear of Tunnel Farm Barton Moss
Road Eccles Manchester

M30 7RQ

[14]http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/sta...

 

I request the following information.

 

1: The final drilling depth of the borehole.

 

2: Did any lateral drilling take place, if so, which direction did the
drilling take and what depth did the drilling take place at?

 

3: "Drilling additives shall be approved in writing by the Environment
Agency prior to use."

 

Please list all drilling additives agreed for use by the Environment
Agency at Barton Moss Road including any radioactive tracers.

 

4: "The activities shall be limited to the following extractive waste
types – hazardous oil based drilling muds, non-hazardous water based
drilling muds, non-hazardous spent conditioning spacer, hazardous drill
cuttings, non-hazardous drill cuttings, non-hazardous excess cement"

 

Please list all hazardous materials removed from site, all chemicals /
hazarous fluids / radioactive materials contained in those materials.

 

5: The dates these hazardous materials were removed from site.

 

6: The location of all disposal sites used to dispose of these hazardous
materials.

 

If you do not have access to this information, please either pass on the
request, or inform me who does have the information.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Billy Griffiths

 

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Dear Mr Griffiths

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

 

Thank you for your recent information request regarding test drilling by
Island Gas Limited.  We have answered your points in turn.

 

1. The final drilling depth of the borehole.

2. Did any lateral drilling take place, if so, which direction did the
drilling take and what depth did the drilling take place at?

 

We have not been notified a final drilling depth or of any variations away
from what we have permitted.  We are expecting borehole construction
details from Igas, as required under a condition of the ‘Section 199
notice’ upon completion.

 

A copy of the anticipated stratigraphic column is attached for your
information.

 

3. Drilling additives shall be approved in writing by the Environment
Agency prior to use.

 

Please list all drilling additives agreed for use by the Environment
Agency at Barton Moss Road including any radioactive tracers.

 

We agreed the use of the additives they requested in the permit
application in the waste management plan. Please see details attached.

 

Where radioactive sources are used this is regulated by the Environment
Agency under an Environmental Permit issued to the company that owns and
uses the radioactive sources. This is not usually the exploration or
production operators (Igas in this case), but a service company carrying
out this work for the oil and gas industry. Schlumberger (the company that
carried out this work) are one of several specialist companies who hold an
Environmental Permit to allow them to carry out wireline logging at any
location in England and Wales.  Wireline well logging using radioactive
sealed sources does not give rise to radioactive waste during operation.

 

 

4. The activities shall be limited to the following extractive waste types
– hazardous oil based drilling muds, non-hazardous water based drilling
muds, non-hazardous spent conditioning spacer, hazardous drill cuttings,
non-hazardous drill cuttings, non-hazardous excess cement.

 

Please list all hazardous materials removed from site, all chemicals /
hazarous fluids / radioactive materials contained in those materials.

 

5. The dates these hazardous materials were removed from site.

 

6. The location of all disposal sites used to dispose of these hazardous
materials.

 

If you do not have access to this information, please either pass on the
request, or inform me who does have the information.

 

For questions 4-6 we do not hold this information. Operators have a duty
of care to ensure that wastes are transported and disposed of at
appropriately permitted facilities and that all records are kept. The
Environment Agency can inspect these records if required but does not hold
copies.

 

The Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Health and Safety
Executive may hold further information in relation to drilling activities.

 

I hope that we have correctly interpreted your request.  Please see the
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