Natural Resources Wales has granted an environmental permit to Sonorex Oil and Gas Limited to allow them to manage extractive waste from an exploratory borehole which will sample for the presence of oil and gas near the village of Nash, Newport.
The permit will ensure the recovery and/ or safe disposal of waste, such as rocks, drill cuttings and soils, generated as a result of the drilling activity. It does not authorise any well stimulation techniques such as hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) or authorise the extraction of any oil or gas. The drilling and testing operations and work to reinstate the land should not last longer than six months.
A spokesperson from Natural Resources Wales said:
“Before making a decision, we carried out a thorough assessment of the proposed activity and consulted with specialist organisations such as Public Health Wales and the Health and Safety Executive.
“We will only issue an environmental permit to a company if we are satisfied that it can operate safely, without impacting on the environment or nearby communities.
“Once the drilling begins, our officers will regulate and monitor the site closely to ensure it operates within the conditions placed in the permit to protect people and the environment.”
Oil and gas operators require permits, licences and consents from a number of organisations before any exploratory activities can commence. The nature of these permissions will depend on the proposed activities, geology of the site and local environmental features. More information on these different permissions are available from www.naturalresources.wales/onshoreoilandgas.