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Application to Carry Out Mineral Working and Associated Development
THIS FORM SHOULD BE COMPLETED FOR PROPOSALS INVOLVING OIL OR GAS OPERATIONS AND REQUIRING PLANNING PERMISSION. PLEASE READ THE ACCOMPANYING GUIDANCE NOTES AT THE END OF THIS ANNEXE BEFORE COMPLETING THESE QUESTIONS.

 

For Exploration, complete Questions A2.1, A2.4 and A2.5
For Appraisal, complete Questions A2.2, A2.4 and A2.5
For Production, complete Questions A2.3, A2.4 and A2.5
If no Agent then enter     N/A

 
A2.1 Exploration
(i) Please state:
(ii) Does the seismic method to be employed use vibrosis methods?
(iii) Does the seismic method to be employed use any explosive charge?
If yes:
(iv) Will the exploration method involve the drilling of wells?
If yes:
(vi) What is the anticipated duration of operations?

 
A2.2 Appraisal
(i) State:
(ii) If exploration well(s) site is to be used

 
A2.3 Production
(i) Please state
(a) Anticipated maximum volume of oil/gas (state which) to be extracted barrels/standard cubic feet (state which):

 
A2.4 Specific Environmental Effects of the Proposals

 
A2.5 Restoration

GUIDANCE NOTES FOR OIL AND GAS OPERATIONS

 

IT IS RECOGNISED THAT OIL AND GAS DEVELOPMENTS ARE ALSO REGULATED BY THE SYSTEM OF SPECIFIC LICENCES AWARDED TO OIL COMPANIES THROUGH THE SECRETARY OF STATE WHICH ARE SUBJECT TO A NUMBER OF SAFEGUARDS, PARTICULARLY RELATING TO POLLUTION AND DETAILS OF DRILLING OPERATIONS. NEVERTHELESS, IN PLANNING TERMS, THESE TYPES OF DEVELOPMENT INVOLVE SENSITIVE AND COMPLEX ISSUES OF LOCAL CONCERN WHICH NEED TO BE CONSIDERED.

 

IT IS OFTEN HELPFUL ESPECIALLY FOR OIL AND GAS DEVELOPMENTS, FOR MATTERS TO BE BROUGHT TOGETHER IN AN ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT WHICH SHOULD PREFERABLY BE SUBMITTED AT THE SAME TIME AS THIS APPLICATION.

 

APPLICANTS SHOULD ALSO REFER TO DoE CIRCULAR 2/85 PLANNING CONTROL OVER OIL AND GAS OPERATIONS WHICH GIVES CURRENT NATIONAL GUIDANCE.

 

SEPARATE INFORMATION SHOULD BE PROVIDED FOR THE EXPLORATION, APPRAISAL AND PRODUCTION ELEMENTS OF THESE TYPES OF DEVELOPMENT AS WELL AS THE SPECIFIC EFFECTS OF THE PROPOSALS. GUIDANCE ON THE RANGE AND TYPE OF INFORMATION IS GIVEN BELOW.

 

IF YOU ARE UNCLEAR ABOUT ANY ASPECT OF THIS INFORMATION, YOU ARE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED TO CONTACT THE County Planning Authority FOR FURTHER ADVICE.

 

Exploration

 

A2.1 All information should be referenced to supporting plans. If seismic surveys are to be used then it is accepted that seismic investigations generally involve limited environmental effects, and in many cases, this type of development – particularly involving vibrosis techniques – may be regarded as 'de minimus' (ie not requiring planning permission). Good practice requires that applicants notify the County Planning Authority as well as district and highway authorities of the proposals. (Operators may also need to inform other statutory bodies such as the water companies and police in relevant circumstances). Information requirements are for the proposed seismic method; and ground vibrations at nearest affected properties (if relevant).

 

Appraisal

 

A2.2 All information should be referenced to supporting plans which must be specified in Question 1.11 of Section 1 of the main application form.

 

Applicants should also provide a summary of relevant information derived from exploration phases.

 

Production

 

A2.3 All information should be referenced to supporting plans which must be specified in Question 1.11 of the main minerals application form.

 

Specific Environmental Effects of the Proposals

 

A2.4 Applicants should summarise other on-site works associated with the proposed development or designed to protect the environment. This information is often best dealt with in an environmental statement. Applicants should clarify this requirement with the County Planning Authority.

 

Restoration

 

A2.5 The restoration of sites following unsuccessful exploration drilling should normally be undertaken immediately or as soon as possible after drilling has ceased.

 

In the case of appraisal and production sites a comprehensive restoration and aftercare scheme should be submitted with this application.

 

For sites containing all field facilities (including pipelines, distribution terminals, gathering stations etc) applicants should provide plans for abandonment and reinstatement at the end of the permitted period. Applicants should note that the County Planning Authority may also require additional safeguards through planning obligations to ensure this removal takes place.
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