Third Energy has agreed to further extension request from the North Yorkshire Council to have more time to consider the firm’s fracking bid.
The local authority will consider Third Energy’s planning application to hydraulically fracture and test a pre-existing well in Kirby Misperton on May 20.
Chief executive Rasik Valand said: “We are pleased that the North Yorkshire County Council has now set the date for the Planning & Regulatory Functions Committee to consider our application to hydraulically fracture certain sections within the existing KM8 well in Kirby Misperton. We look forward to the planning committee members’ visit to the operating well site in Kirby Misperton as they will have the opportunity to see the well site as it operates; understand the environmental protection measures already in place, and the high standards to which the site was built. ”
“We have taken every possible step in this application to minimise disruption to the local community, as well as ensure that our plans will not impact the local environment. To be clear, the programme detailed in his application is actually of a smaller scale and shorter time than the drilling of the KM8 well 2013. The hydraulic fracturing and testing is a key step towards determining the viability of producing gas from this hybrid sandstone and shale formation in North Yorkshire.”