13:19 GMT +317 October 2019
Listen Live
    Workmen stand at the site of the mediterranean refinery of Lavera which belongs to British group Ineos. (File)

    UK Shale Gas Company Plans to Dump Wastewater Into Sea

    © AFP 2019 / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT
    Europe
    Get short URL
    159
    Subscribe

    UK shale gas company INEOS Shale may discharge water used in the fracking process at its UK sites into the sea, local media said Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In May, Third Energy, another energy company, gained approval for its plans to extract shale gas at the Kirby Misperton site in North Yorkshire's district of Ryedale. INEOS has also announced plans to open up to 4,000 fracking wells in North Yorkshire.

    "We will capture and contain it, treat it back to the standards agreed <…> with the Environment Agency and discharge where allowed under permit, most likely the sea," INEOS Shale Operations Director Tom Pickering said in a letter to a local resident in Ryedale, revealed by The Guardian newspaper.

    On May 23, North Yorkshire councilors approved plans to extract shale gas in the region despite anti-fracking protesters gathering outside the council building. The motion was passed by a margin of seven to four. Protesters voiced concerns with possible harmful effects of fracking on water, farming, tourism and the environment, which have been dismissed by shale gas companies.

    "Ineos’ wastewater will be enclosed in double skinned storage tanks before being recycled. An environmental permit from the Environment Agency <…> will be required where we need to dispose of any process water according to an agreed waste management plan," an INEOS spokesman said, as quoted by the publication.

    The practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has been repeatedly slammed by environmental activists and some policymakers, who claim that it leads to water contamination. The UK government has backed fracking, arguing that it provides employment, growth and energy security.

    In late April, a UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) poll revealed that support for fracking among the public has fallen to the lowest levels since 2012, standing at 19 percent.

    Related:

    The Scottish Parliament’s Fracking Fiasco
    Nearly 200M Gallons of Toxic Fracking Wastewater Spilled in US Since 2009
    At Least 19 Arrested During Anti-Fracking Protest in US State of New York
    Anti-Fracking Protesters to Rally in UK City of Sheffield on May 28
    UK to Lose Out on Millions Due to Tax Loophole For Fracking Firms
    US Seeks to Hinder Nord Stream Construction to 'Export Shale Gas to EU'
    US is Delusional Regarding Cheap Shale Gas - Expert
    OPEC Losing Influence Amid Slumping Prices, Shale Oil Glut
    Pump and Dump: Saudi Kills US Shale Oil Industry and Buys it for Pennies
    Tags:
    wastewater, hydraulic fracturing, fracking, Ineos, United Kingdom
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik