Residents invited to have their say on proposed Biscathorpe oil well


Residents from across the area will today (Wednesday) have the opportunity to have their say on proposed plans for a temporary oil well site in Biscathorpe near Louth.

Egdon Resources UK Ltd, an established British onshore oil and gas exploration and production company, will be on hand to deliver the latest plans for a temporary conventional exploratory oil well site on farmland to the west of the hamlet of Biscathorpe, approximately nine kilometres to the west of Louth.

The exhibition will be open to the public this afternoon (Wednesday, May 21) from 1.30-7.30pm at Donington on Bain Village Hall, Main Road, Donington on Bain.

A representative from the Leader will be attending the exhibition so follow our paper online to read all about the latest public reaction to the plans.

Egdon is currently preparing a planning application for the proposed site, which falls within the local planning authority of Lincolnshire County Council.

This will involve conventional drilling for oil and will not – either now or in the future – involve the process of hydraulic ‘fracking’ for shale gas. This part of Lincolnshire does not have the specific rock-formation types that contain shale gas.

The new location replaces a previous site to the east of Biscathorpe for which the company withdrew a temporary planning application last year after listening to feedback from local people.

Egdon Resources’ managing director, Mark Abbott says: “We look forward to welcoming local people to this public exhibition to view our proposal and find out why we consider this site in particular to be suitable for conventional oil drilling.

“Exploring for potential onshore reservoirs of oil like Biscathorpe are important, as they will in a small way help contribute to the security of national energy supplies.”

He added: “The new site has been carefully selected to minimise impacts on our neighbours and the environment, whilst being technically feasible to drill between the surface location and the sub surface target area. The site location is screened to the north and east by woodland and therefore will be less visually intrusive.

“This event is an important part of our pre-application consultation and we look forward to discussing our plans with the local community”