Firm submits application for test-drilling at Hicks Gate

Published on: 06 Nov 2012

Firm submits application for test-drilling at Hicks Gate

Proposals to carry out test-drilling with a view to extracting methane gas at Hicks Gate have been handed to B&NES Council.

Bridgend-based UK Methane Ltd wants to carry out the exploratory work on the coal seams at Durley Hill by creating one borehole.

If the tests proved it was viable, the company could submit a second application to start extracting methane as a source of energy or as an alternative to petrol.

In papers submitted to the council, the applicant states: “On completion of these short-term works, if production is considered a viable option, further planning applications will be made or the land restored to its original or a better condition.”

The bid has proved controversial with more than 100 objections to the scheme already registered with the local authority. And public consultation has now been extended to November 26.

Meanwhile, the Transition Keynsham group, which has already voiced its concerns over the plans, held a public meeting to discuss the application last month. Members of the community heard details from a meeting with UK Methane Ltd as well as talks on alternative forms of energy.

More on the plans can be found at, application reference 12/04304/FUL.

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