Watch out for more gas plans, warns councillor

The Devro site where Reach CSG were planning to drill for methane.
The Devro site where Reach CSG were planning to drill for methane.

KEEP a nose out for future methane gas plans, a community has been warned.

The Herald reported last week that North Lanarkshire Council had received a planning application from Reach CSG to carry out tests for the gas on land next to the Devro plant on Gartferry Road, in Moodiesburn.

Over 100 objections to the planning application were submitted to the council, via its website, and a petition and leaflets were distributed throughout the community.

A planning site visit and hearing was planned.

However, Devro told the Herald that they would NOT allow the gas extraction to go ahead on their site.

Strathkelvin councillor Willie Hogg welcomed the news, saying: “I am delighted that Devro have responded to the concerns in regards to the planning application to drill for coal bed methane extraction on their site.

“I am also delighted at the response by the local community in regards to their opposition and gathering of petitions in response to this application. Reach CSG has formally withdrawn their application and accordingly the site visit and hearing will no longer be applicable.”

But he stressed: “The danger now lies in any future applications being made in regards to the extraction of coal bed methane gas.

“We will have to be very vigilant in the Strathkelvin Ward 5 as the former collieries such as Cardowan, Bedlay, Auchengeich 1 and 2 will obviously be a target for coal bed methane extraction.”

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