LONDON, March 22 Britain's IGas has won
planning consent from Nottinghamshire County Council to develop
a shale gas well site and drill an exploratory well at Tinker
Lane, the company said.
The council gave IGas permission late last year to carry out
exploration work at Springs Road in order to test whether the
shale rock present is suitable for fracking.
"At this stage we, as well as other onshore operators around
the country, are trying to establish if the significant
quantities of gas that we have identified exist in the right
formations to be commercially prospective," Chief Executive
Stephen Bowler said.
"Results from these (two) wells will help us better
understand the shale gas potential in North Nottinghamshire," he
Britain is estimated to have enough trapped shale gas to
meet its gas needs for decades. However, the use of fracking is
opposed by environmental campaigners.
(Reporting by Nina Chestney; editing by Jason Neely)