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UK council delays decision on CBM application

World Coal,

Trafford Council has delayed its decision on whether or not to award a permit for a coalbed methane (CBM) project at Davyhulme, Greater Manchester.

The UK council had been due to consider the planning application for the CBM project, but deferred doing so.

The permit for IGas was originally approved in 2010, however, IGas is now seeking to extend the time limit of planning permission on the site for another three years.

The 1.2 ha. site, next to the Davyhulme Waste Water Treatment Works, would be located close to the M60 motorway.

According to planning documentation, the area cited for the lateral drilling would span underneath Peel Energy’s Barton Renewable Enery Plant site.

Trafford Council released the following statement: “The council has agreed to defer consideration of the application for Coal Bed Methane testing and production (81446/RENEWAL/2013) from tonight’s planning committee meeting in order to enable it to give further consideration to environmental issues raised by objectors.”

“This application has raised a number of detailed and conflicting environmental issues and it is important that the council acts to ensure that its decision is fully informed in relation to these matters,” the statement continued. “The application will come back to committee once we are satisfied that these issues have been addressed.”

Edited from various sources by Sam Dodson

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