Monday, May 29, 2017

Part 7 : INEOS Pre-Fracking Application

The seventh item submitted by INEOS to the Derbyshire County Council covers no less than 445 pages on the Councils site. See here. 

I use the County Council's page numbers this time. The best I can do on all this is to provide little more than a list of its contents (with the odd comment).  But a quick glance at what follows may lead to you finding an item that you have a key interest in and can then confront.

It is headed "Environmental Report" (The fact that they cover so much shows they have a lot to answer for. The index material from pages 3 to 15 below is followed with detailed items on these from page 16 onwards, so the immediate items are the menu which you can draw from later.) 

Page 3 - Executive Summary. 
              Stage 1. Site Development and Establishment (approx. 3 months)
              Stage 2. Drilling and Coring (approx 3 months)
              Stage 3. Maintenance of Suspended Well Site (up to 5 years)
              Stage 3a. Possible Work of the Suspended Well (up to a month)
              Stage 4. Use of Well as a Listening Well (approx 3 weeks)
              Stage 5. Decommissioning and Restoration (approx 2 months)

From page 3 are blocks on noise, traffic and transport, ecology, landscape/visual, surface water and flooding, hydrology, archeology and cultural heritage, emission of air, climate change, human health. (We are supposed to believe that all of these are unproblematic.)    

From page 9 we get what are problem areas they feel a need to overcome.

1.1 The Proposal.
1.2 The Purpose of the Document.

2.1 Introduction.
2.2 Scope and Methodology.
2.3 Baseline Conditions.
2.4 Noise Modelling Results.
2.5 Environment Assessment.
2.6 Conclusions.
2.7 References.

3.1 Introduction.
3.2 Scope and Methodology.
3.3 Baseline Conditions.
3.4 Environmental Assessment.
3.5 Conclusions.
3.6 References.

4.1 Introduction.
4.2 Scope and Methodology.
4.3 Baseline Conditions.
4.4 Ecological Assessment and Conclusions.

5.1 Introduction.
5.2 Scope and Methodology.
5.3 Baseline Conditions.
5.4 Representative Viewpoints (are these anywhere near your own ?)
5.5 Environmental Assessment
5.6 Embedded Mitigation.

6.1 Introduction.
6.2 Scope and Methodology.
6.3 Baseline Conditions.
6.4 Embedded Mitigation.
6.5 Environmental Assessment.
6.6 Flood Risk.
6.7 Conclusions.
6.8 References.

7.1 Introduction.
7.2 Scope and Methodology.
7.3 Baseline Conditions.
7.4 Embedded Mitigation.
7.5 Environment Assessment.
7.6 Conclusions.
7.7 References.

8.1 Introduction.
8.2 Scope and Methodology.
8.3 Baseline Conditions.
8.4 Heritage Assessment.
8.5 Conclusions.
8.6 References.

9.1 Introduction.
9.2 Air Quality.
9.3 Contaminated Land.
9.4 Human Health.
9.5 Climate Change.


2.1 Noise.
3.1 Traffic - Count Data.
3.2 Traffic - Network Assessment
3.3 Draft Traffic Management Plan (to overcome problems, it seems !)
5.1 Landscape and Visual - Zone of Theoretical Visibility.
8.1 Gazetteer of Designated Heritage Assetts.
8.3 Geophysical Survey Report.

Pages 12 to 14 give a list of some 61 tables.
Pages 15 gives a list of 20 figures.

Page 16 has an introduction to the above menu.
Page 17 "The Purpose of this Document" (This then moves into the index of items given above. From Page 18 also adding maps and tables.)

Page 23 - Map of Area.
Page 30 - Map of Noise Levels (worth a look).
Page 37 - Map of Traffic Areas (have a look up the nature of Dyche's Lane at Coal Aston.)
Page 40 - Map of the Area.
Page 55 - Map - Mammal Tracks and Badger Footprints.
Page 62 - Figure - Sensitivity and Magnitude.
Page 75, 79 and 83 photos of the area (these give a false impression of the site being in an isolated rural area - not as being close to Marsh Lane, Eckington and Coal Aston)
Page 90 - Map of area with tributaries.
Page 108 - Map of hydraulic circle.
Page 109 - Map of the same area as above (with some strange coloured sections)
Page 124 - Heritage Assetts (close to the site).
Page 125 - Photo of above.
Page 129 - Photo of the Cultural Heritage Gazette.
Page 129 - Enclosure Map of Eckington, 1795.
Page 130 - Staveley Enclosure Map, 1795.
Page 130 - Staveley Tithe Map, 1795.
Page 130 - First Edition Ordinance Survey Map, 1840.
Page 131 - Ordinance Survey Map, 1892-1905.
Page 131 -        -ditto -, 1898.
Page 132 -        -ditto  -, 1916 and1964-1978.
(All the above seven pages of maps need to be supplemented by information from Coal Authority Maps which show key additional information on matters such as "Development Risk Areas" and numerous (close to the surface) historical mine entrances, mine exits and adits (i.e. diggings into hillsides or avenues for taking water from mines). There are even two mine entrances on the intended INEOS site positioned on top of what are seen as being seen as being Development High Risk Areas. The British Geological Survey also need to be pressed to come up with more information on underground fractures in the area, which could cause problems - especially when INEOS moves onto its fracking stage.) 
Page 143 - Monitoring Location Photo (two photos near houses).
Page 144 - As above, near M3.
Page 145 - Chart of Noise Levels.
Page 146,147, 148 - Statistical noise level charts.
Page 149 - Map showing predicted noises levels in the effected area - with many charts.

We are then into information over-kill with masses of charts. But these and the above have many details which can be drawn from and turned against INEOS's application. e.g Page 372 gives a map with "narrow road, Riding School, on street parking, mini-roundabout, playground, school and tram lines".

Page 380 - a map of the route of their transport.
Page 390 - Landscape and Visual.
Page 391 - Map of Large Areas.
Page 393 - Heritage Assetts.
Page 399 - Land at Bramleymoor Lane - ground penetrating radar survey.
Page 417 - Discussion on Bell Pits in the area.
Page 418 - States "further archaeological investigation could be required by the Local Planning Authority" - so we need to press for this.
Page 430 - Map of the Site (a) wide area (b) close area.
Page 431 on - a series of what seem to be underground photos, which seem to be by Wessex Archeology.


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