Some good news. On the 8th of September 2016 the planning application for the exploration of Coal Bed Methane at the Salters Lane site (which was inherited by Igas from Dart Energy) finally expired. The application was approved by Cheshire West and Cheshire council on the 9th September 2013 and since no work has commmenced within the 3 year contractual agreement Igas has now forfeited the right to continue to hold it. However, this does not mean that another planning application cannot be submitted by Igas or another company to exploit this licenced site (PEDL 189) for Shale gas. As well as the extensive seismic survey that was carried out by Tesla on the behalf of Igas, Ineos are currently taking a strong interest in the Chester area too.
On the 2nd of March 2016 (shortly after Igas announced their hasty retreat from Upton) Tom Pickering, operations director of INEOS Shale, visited the Chester Chronicle office to announce that ‘the Duttons Lane site may be revisited with a view to fracking for gas from the shale layer which lies deeper underground.’ (click on the link below for the full artical). With the Mickle Trafford site being in such close proximity to Duttons lane it is reasonable to asssume that INEOS may also wish to ‘revisit’ there too.
Over last last few years the community group Frack Free Mickle Trafford have been working tirelessly, and in co-operation with their fellow campaingners at Frack Free Upton, to ensure that the unconventional gas industry does not gain a foothold in thier communities and will continue to do so in the event of a fresh application being submitted. Visit their facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FrackFreeMT/