Enquires about oil and gas exploration at Markwells wood, West Sussex

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Dear Environment Agency,

I would be grateful if you could answer the following questions about the oil and gas exploration site in Markwells wood, West Sussex (most recent planning application SDNP/13/01347/CND). I refer to Northern petroleum/iGAS as ‘the developers’ during this request.

1. What permits are currently held by the developers for this site?
2. Please provide a list of all chemicals that will be used (or may be used if felt necessary) during testing, drilling or fracturing if applicable.
3. Will the chemicals/additives used in the drilling operations be sampled and will results be made publicly available?
4. Will oil based drilling muds be used?
5. Please provide a copy of the report detailing how the developers intend to protect groundwater, or provide details on how this can be obtained.
6. Have baseline measurements been taken to assess water quality? At how many sites? At what distance from the site? Will measurements be taken during and after drilling? At what Frequency? Will testing be done by an independent source? Will results be made public?
7. Has the developer applied for a water abstraction licence?
8. Will venting or flaring take place?
9. Have baseline measurements been taken to assess air quality? At how many sites? At what distance from the site? Will you ensure measurements are taken a suitable distance down wind of the site? Will measurements be taken during and after drilling? At what Frequency? Will testing include Methane, hydrogen sulphide, BTEX, VOC, nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide? Will testing be done by an independent source? Will results be made public?
10. Where and how will waste from site be disposed of?
11. What monitoring will occur to determine if NORMs are present in drill cuttings?
12. How will waste containing NORMs be dealt with?
13. Who will be responsible for long term monitoring of waste left in the capped well?
14. What monitoring will occur to check the developer is sticking to the conditions of the application?
15. Does the insurance held by the developer cover environmental disasters that may occur?

Thank you for your time

Yours faithfully,

Becky Martin

Enquiries, Unit, 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 09-01-2014.

 

You have asked:

 

1.           What permits are currently held by the developers for this
site?

 

2.           Please provide a list of all chemicals that will be used (or
may be used if felt necessary) during testing, drilling or fracturing if
applicable.

 

3.           Will the chemicals/additives used in the drilling operations
be sampled and will results be made publicly available?

 

4.           Will oil based drilling muds be used?

 

5.           Please provide a copy of the report detailing how the
developers intend to protect groundwater, or provide details on how this
can be obtained.

 

6.           Have baseline measurements been taken to assess water
quality? At how many sites? At what distance from the site? Will
measurements be taken during and after drilling? At what Frequency? Will
testing be done by an independent source? Will results be made public?

 

7.           Has the developer applied for a water abstraction licence?

 

8.           Will venting or flaring take place?

 

9.           Have baseline measurements been taken to assess air quality?
At how many sites? At what distance from the site? Will you ensure
measurements are taken a suitable distance down wind of the site? Will
measurements be taken during and after drilling? At what Frequency? Will
testing include Methane, hydrogen sulphide, BTEX, VOC, nitrogen dioxide
and sulphur dioxide? Will testing be done by an independent source?  Will
results be made public?

 

10.        Where and how will waste from site be disposed of?

 

11.        What monitoring will occur to determine if NORMs are present in
drill cuttings?

 

12.        How will waste containing NORMs be dealt with?

 

13.        Who will be responsible for long term monitoring of waste left
in the capped well?

 

14.        What monitoring will occur to check the developer is sticking
to the conditions of the application?

 

15.        Does the insurance held by the developer cover environmental
disasters that may occur?

 

Our Response

 

1.    The Environment Agency has not issued any permits for this site.

 

2.    The well has already been installed and tested. Therefore no
chemicals will be used at the site for these activities. We are not aware
of any proposals to install additional wells at this site or to carry out
hydraulic fracturing or further testing of the existing well.

 

3.    The well has already been installed and tested. We are not aware of
any sampling carried out.

 

4.    The well has already been installed and tested. We are not aware of
any further drilling activities proposed at the site.

 

5.    The well has already been installed and tested. The developer
contacted the Environment Agency voluntarily in 2008 at which time
groundwater protection was discussed.

 

6.    We are not aware of any baseline monitoring carried out prior to the
well being installed and tested.

 

7.    No

 

8.    Not to our knowledge.

 

9.    We are not aware of any baseline monitoring carried out prior to the
well being installed and tested.

 

10.  The developer voluntarily provided information to us on waste
disposal and management in 2008, prior to the well being installed. We do
not know if the plan was amended prior to the well installation. The well
has already been installed and tested. We believe that the drill cuttings
were removed from the site. It is the responsibility of the waste producer
to ensure that these are disposed of at an appropriate facility.

 

11.  The well has already been installed and tested. We believe that these
have been removed from the site. It is the responsibility of the waste
producer to ensure that these are disposed of at an appropriate facility.

 

12.  The well has been installed and tested. The Environment Agency does
not hold information regarding waste in the well.

 

13.  West Sussex County Council issued the planning permission
(SO/3152/07) and are responsible for compliance against planning
conditions.

 

14.  This is not something the Environment Agency has information on.

 

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