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Dart Energy (East England) Ltd has applied to the Environment Agency for a permit for an exploratory borehole at Daneshill Energy Forest DN22 8RB.

Some information about Dart’s application to drill an exploratory borehole for coal bed methane at Daneshill Energy Park, near Sutton-cum-Lound (between Retford and Bawtry) is in the file link below or see it here.

The intention is to drill a vertical hole upto 1,000 metres deep, through coal layers estimated at 15-20m thick in total, to assess whether there is recoverable methane. This will require first drilling through sandstone containing aquifers, which makes it a ‘Zone III Groundwater Source Protection Zone’. Dart says there will, of course, be no risk of contaminating the aquifer, no fracking at this stage, any methane released will be negligible, all chemicals used are non-hazardous, and waste water, drilling mud, cement, etc will be properly managed.

Comments can be submitted quoting reference EPR/BB3000XB/A001 up to 6th January 2014 by:

Normally they must put any responses they receive on the public register. This includes your name and contact details.  Please tell them if you don’t want your response to be public.

These and other details can be found at: www.environment-agency.gov.uk/research/library/consultations/150960.aspx

Dart Energy Daneshill Plan – December 2013