The Tinker Lane Community Liaison Group (CLG) is made up of local residents who live in the so called "Area of Interest" around the exploratory borehole situated off the A634 in the proximity of Tinker Lane, between Barnby Moor and Blyth in North Nottinghamshire. The area of interest and project title "Tinker Lane" was defined by the developer Dart Energy (IGas Energy PLC) in its Scoping Report submitted to the Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) Minerals Planning Authority (MPA).

Although the members may hold differing views on the exploration and possible extraction of hydrocarbons by unconventional means the group itself does not take a position either for or against.

Members of the CLG are drawn from the local parishes of Babworth, Barnby Moor, Blyth, Lound, Mattersey, Ranskill, Scrooby, Sutton and Torworth. The membership is made up of parish councillors and community representatives. The CLG seeks to provide our parish communities with progress updates on the work undertaken at the wellsite and raise any issues from the community for the attention of IGas. There are other regular attendees of the CLG meetings that include the IGas Communications Manager, County and District Councillors and NCC Officers. Where the CLG believes it necessary it draws upon the views and opinions of other experts, for example the Environment Agency (EA) and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) who are invited by the Chair to attend CLG meetings as required.

The photo below shows the site shortly after IGas established a site presence in late 2015 the first meeting of the CLG taking place in January 2016.

Site Image late 2015
The flow chart on the left above shows the regulatory steps that are necessary in order to drill an exploratory borehole. The CLG have invited the Regulators along to CLG sessions to explain the steps and procedures they undertake and deal with enquiries and concerns of the local community as necessary. IGas Engineers, Planners and Geologist have also attended to describe and discuss aspects of the project. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust's Head of Conversation has also presented to the group.

In April 2016 Dart Energy applied to Nottinghamshire County Council for planning permission to undertake exploratory drilling. The application was for a single, vertical exploratory well on a site that Dart Energy were subsequently to refer to as Tinker lane. The image above of the site was taken on 21st April 2016, shows the security portacabins and the public notice that was attached to the gate of the site.

On 24th May 2017 Nottinghamshire County Council granted planning permission for the exploratory well subject to a number of conditions. Local people became aware of preparatory work undertaken on site when marker posts were spotted on the land adjacent to the security portacabins. The above image of the site shows the marker posts as of 22nd August 2017.

Image 26th November 2017 shows works to form the site entrance
Site Images Early 2018
Images "over the fence" Levelling Site Installing Membrane
HGV's Inside Airlock & Laying the Membrane

Images provided by IGas Showing Installation of Cellar and Laying French Drain During April

Marriotts Drill Rig Believed to be "Rig 5" Over Cellar
Marriotts Liebherr Auger Over Cellar Boring Conductor Hole
Conductor Pipes On Completion, To be Cut/Flanged To Suit
Cellar Detail and Conductors, Images from Site Visit 3rd July 2018
Preparing Drill Support Framework To Spread Weight Of Drill Rig Across Cellar, Images 1st August 2018. This is standard procedure and an image of a similar cellar brace is shown below.
Typical Cellar Brace Arrangement, Irlam 1 Exploration Well, Barton Moss Image Supplied by IGas
Late Image from Site: Cellar Brace/Support Beam Installation, Image IGas 3rd August 2018

As of 3rd August 2018, the drilling phase at Tinker Lane will start in the last quarter of 2018. Likely we believe to be from early October. Currently engineers from drilling company PR Marriott Drilling Group are making preparations around the cellar of the well pad. It is likely therefore that PR Marriott will be the chosen drilling contractor and that the HH220 drilling rig identified by IGas to NCC as one of two likely rigs will be employed. An image (supplied by IGas) of the HH220 rig as used at Barton Moss can be seen below. Further information will be made available to the communities of the CLG as and when IGas inform us.

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