Report allays fracking fears
Shale gas ‘unlikely’ to be extracted
THERE is little chance of shale gas being extracted from Buckinghamshire, according to a county council report.
Bucks County Council’s environment, transport and localities select committee was told commercially viable quantities of gas do not appear on the western and southern sides of the county.
The government invited firms to bid for fracking licenses in these two areas, but companies are now unlikely to carry out the controversial process.
Leader Martin Tett suggested as much to the Advertiser and Examiner in July.
The news comes a few weeks before the start of the county’s Replacement Waste and Minerals Local Plan.
Cabinet for planning the environment, Lesley Clarke, told the committee the plan will review policies to cover onshore oil and gas extraction.
She said: “It’s likely to be costly for companies to prospect here in Buckinghamshire and they’ll probably want to go for low-hanging fruit first.
“But you can never say never and as a responsible council, serving the best interests of our residents, member
It’s likely to be costly for
companies to prospect here in
Buckinghamshire and they’ll probably want to go for low-hanging
oil and gas will be an issue we will need to consider in the Replacement Minerals and Waste Local Plan.”
Lead officer for Minerals and Waste Panning Policy Lester Hannington told the committee that in the past 50 years the limited drilling in the county has shown no commercially viable quantities of gas, and more recently there has been no more interest in prospecting licences.
He said: “But the UK tax regime is more favourable to prospecting explorers now, coupled with greater interest in unconventional gas exploration, which is raising fracking in the public awareness.”
In a previous round of onshore licensing, an area was earmarked on the southern tip of the county, but no one took up the licence. Prospectors have until October 28 to apply for a licence.