Grenting of permission for well at Portside, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire

colin watson made this Environmental Information Regulations request to United Utilities Water PLC
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Dear United Utilities Water PLC,

I understand that you need to give permission for wells that breach the aquifer in water collection areas that you manage.

Please could you supply me with any correspondence relating to the well managed by IGas at Portside, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.

I would be grateful if you considered the two time periods of:
- Initial development 2011 to 2015
- Current planning application June 2017 to present.

Many thanks in anticipation.

Yours faithfully,

Colin Watson

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Jain, Rajat, United Utilities Water PLC

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Dear Mr Watson

 

Re: Your request for information  - under the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004 (“EIR”).

 

We refer to your recent request for information submitted via the
Whatdotheyknow website as stated below.

 

Please be advised that due to the large scale nature of your request, it
has not been possible to either locate all of the information or make a
decision as to disclosure within the initial statutory timescales.

 

Accordingly, pursuant to EIR Regulation 7, please be advised that unless
further clarification is required, we will to you in full by 9^th October
2017.

 

Yours sincerely    

 

 

Rajat Jain

Data Protection & Fraud

Legal Department

United Utilities 

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Subject: Environmental Information Regulations request - Grenting of
permission for well at Portside, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire

 

Dear United Utilities Water PLC,

 

I understand that you need to give permission for wells that breach the
aquifer in water collection areas that you manage.

 

Please could you supply me with any correspondence relating to the well
managed by IGas at Portside, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.

 

I would be grateful if you considered the two time periods of:

- Initial development 2011 to 2015

- Current planning application June 2017 to present.

 

Many thanks in anticipation.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Colin Watson

 

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Dear Jain, Rajat,

I have not received a response to this request yet, I would be grateful if you could chase it up.

Yours sincerely,

Colin Watson

Jain, Rajat, United Utilities Water PLC

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Dear Mr Watson

Re: Your request for information

I write further to your request submitted via the Whatdotheyknow website dated 12th August 2017.

My apologies for the slight further delay.

We have made extensive enquiries and regret to advise that we are unable to locate any correspondence pertinent to your request. We must therefore formally advise that under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, Regulation 12(4)(a), we do not hold the information you have requested.

We hope that this now meets with your request. However, should you consider that that we have not adequately complied with our obligations under EIR, you have the right to ask us to carry out an internal review, by writing to David Hannon Head of Legal, United Utilities, Legal Department, Grasmere House First Floor, Lingley Mere Business Park, Lingley Green Avenue, Great Sankey, Warrington, WA5 3LP. Alternatively, you may find it easier to e-mail us directly on [United Utilities request email] and your review request will be forwarded on to Mr Hannon.

Your request for review should explain why you wish a review to be carried out, and should be made within 40 working days of receipt of this letter, and we will reply within 40 working days of receipt. If you are not satisfied with the result of the review, you then have the right to make a formal complaint to the Information Commissioner.

Finally, kindly acknowledge receipt by return of e-mail.

Yours sincerely

Rajat Jain
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Legal Department
United Utilities 
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Dear Rajat,

Thank you for your reply and efforts on this request.

I understand that UU may not have had correspondence, which is really worrying since each well injects up to 3,000 of biocide and rust inhibitor underneath the aquifer, which may leak into the aquifer. In this area Peel Holdings are planning up to 4,000 wells. Indeed all wells fail in less than 100 years, and the cumulative impact may render the aquifer unusable for human consumption into the future. A major concern.

I think I will ask for an internal review to request that UU fully understands the risk of fracking to groundwater, and is included in any planning applications.

Yours sincerely,

Colin Watson

Jain, Rajat, United Utilities Water PLC

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Our reference EIR/ID333
 
Dear Mr Watson
 
I refer to your e-mail of the 16th October 2017, below and apologise for
the delay in responding.
 
I write in connection with one of your requests, in particular of the 12th
August 2017, in which you ask
 
Please could you supply me with any correspondence relating to the well
managed by IGas at Portside, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.
 
I would be grateful if you considered the two time periods of:
- Initial development 2011 to 2015
- Current planning application June 2017 to present.
 
As indicated in my previous response below we indicated that we do not
hold the information requested
 
However upon reflection, it is not clear as to what we are being asked to
provide an internal review over. The right to seek an internal review,
applies to the issue of compliance with our EIR obligations rather than to
challenge the issues raised in the content. In other words, in this
instance you would only be able to challenge us on whether in fact we are
correct in stating that we do not hold the correspondence requested,
rather than seeking to challenge our understanding of the issues of
concern in respect of fracking.
 
You may need to seek separate legal advice as to what your rights are in
respect of the risks to groundwater associated with fracking, or indeed
any permissions granted by any local plannng authority. Furthermore, you
may also find the Environment Agency, as its regulator, helpful in dealing
with any queries over fracking.
 
So I would be grateful if you could clarify to us what aspect of EIR
compliance you wish to have reviewed.
 
Finally, as you submit a number of requests, it would greatly assist us if
you could quote this request's reference i.e. EIR/ID333 in any
correspondence, to help us identify which of your requests we are dealing
with.
 
I look forward to hearing from you further.
 
Yours sincerely 
 
 
Rajat Jain
Data Protection & Fraud
Legal Department
United Utilities 
unitedutilities.com
 
 
 

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Dear Rajat,

EIR/ID333

Thank you for your response. Apologies that the email chain is sometimes not easy to follow in this application, I have quoted the reference as requested. To clarify:

You responded to my original say that you did not have any correspondence with IGas during their initial application. Thank you, this answered the initial question.

I was then concerned that planning applications which may contaminate the aquifer were not presented to you for input, and asked if an internal review could take place to determine how this could be improved. I would still be grateful if you could conduct an internal review to determine if you should ask CWaC to be included as a mandatory consultee in such applications.

I would also like to draw your attention to another request I have to Mr Hannon asking how the Water Companies can act to protect the quality of the aquifers used for drinking water. I am happy if you combine these two requests.

Thank you for your consideration.

Yours sincerely,

Colin Watson

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