‘Fracking’s not an issue for us’
Firms show no interest so far in county
THE controversial process of fracking to extract shale gas remains unlikely to happen in Bucks, says county council leader Martin Tett.
The Government invited firms to bid for onshore oil and gas licenses across Britain on Monday, July 28. Drilling in areas of natural outstanding beauty (AONBs), such as the Chilterns, will be put under tighter regulation.
However, Mr Tett says he is unaware of any interest from firms fracking in Bucks.
The council does not have one blanket policy on fracking and Mr Tett says it would consider each application individually if have received is a mark of their performance skills and talent.
“You will be watching the stars of the future at the very start of their career.” firms did show interest, adding: “As far as I’m aware there are no real deposits in Bucks which are commercially viable and I’m not aware of any interest (from companies).
“We are not covered by any of the maps (which show potential shale gas resources in Britain). At the moment it is not an issue for us. We would look at any application on its merits as it comes in.”
The fracking process involves pumping water and chemicals into shale rock at high pressure to extract gas.
Shale gas is seen as a way of ensuring relatively cheap energy supplies, ut critics have warned of possible side effects including contamination of ground water and earthquakes.
Companies granted a licence to begin test drilling will also need planning permission and environmental permits.
Claire Forrest, from the Chilterns AONB Conservation Board said they would object to fracking in the area.
She said: “As an organisation it is our fundamental remit to protect the natural beauty of the Chilterns.
“Anything which might damage its character we would not be in favour of.”
Sites in the country earmarked for fracking have sparked protests from environmentalists.
Action group No Fracking Bucks has been set up but has not acknowledged any particular shale gas sites in the county.