TAKE ACTION! IGas are applying to explore and produce coal bed methane (for 25 years!) in Davyhulme, please urgently send an objection to development.control@trafford.
81446/RENEWAL/2013 Application to extend the time limit of planning permission 74681/FULL/2010 coal bed methane exploration, production testing and extraction
I object to the application from IGas for exploration, production testing and extraction of coal bed methane (CBM) near Davyhulme, Trafford, on the grounds of:
- There is substantial and growing evidence that coal bed methane production poses serious risks to groundwater, air, climate and the health of local communities.
- It is impossible to fully understand the risks without a full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
- Chemicals used in CBM drilling muds are hazardous and there are risks of spills and leakages. Large quantities of water contaminated with chemicals and naturally occurring radioative material must be treated and disposed of. Extracting water from coal seams can also lead to depletion of groundwater.
- Densely populated Urmston and Davyhulme is already is in an Air Quality Management Area and already suffers from high air pollution which will be made worse.
- Unconventional gas extraction is incompatible with Greater Manchester’s carbon reduction target of 48% by 2020 and this application which seeks to produce fossil fuels into the 2030s and 2040s will add to climate change not mitigate it.
- Economic benefits of unconventional gas extraction are likely to be outweighed by the many negative impacts on regeneration and existing jobs.
- Unconventional gas is also highly unlikely to reduce energy bills as conceded by Energy Secretary Ed Davey.
In accordance with the precautionary principle, the unacceptable adverse impacts on the environment and local people, the long-term nature of the application which includes extraction and production and lack of an EIA, this application must be refused.