Residents have their say at exhibition on Biscathorpe oil well proposal


Residents in the Biscathorpe area near Louth had the chance to have their say on amended oil well plans at a public exhibition last week.

Egdon Resources UK Ltd are heading up the application and are a onshore oil and gas exploration and production company.

Nearby residents of the site, which is on farmland to the West of Biscathorpe, were able to see the latest updated plans for a temporary conventional exploratory oil well.

The company withdrew their previous application due to residents concerns over its location and overshadowing traffic concerns.

But Egdon Resources UK Ltd were happy to take these concerns on-board and have proposed the plans on a new site which decreases the traffic flow and noise, causing as little disruption to residents as possible.

They are expected to put in their new application to Lincolnshire County Council by the end of June.

Given the amended location for the plans, a number of residents who attended the exhibition gave positive feedback on the proposal.

One resident who has recently moved to Donington on Bain area said: “I am just observing and waiting to see what happens with the plans once they are put in to the council, but going along to the exhibition I felt a sense of reassurance.

“It’s just a case now of watch this space.”

Another resident who lives in nearby Burgh on Bain has lived there for the past 40 years and are more than happy with the new plans.

They commented: “I’m very happy with the exhibition I saw and personally don’t see a problem with it.

“I feel it is definitely a lot better now with the changes and amendments to its location.

“It was fine when BP first started to drill in this area and there is no problem with drilling for oil now.”

A Louth resident who attended the exhibition added: “Looking at the plans, I’m not worried and I’m happy with the proposed site location.

“At the end of the day people need petrol and this is the main way of being able to get it, so what else can you do.”

The oil well drill would only be on site for around eight weeks and if oil is not found, then the landscape would be fully restored to its natural beauty.

But if the company does discover oil, they will put a full application in to the County Council so their work could continue for the next 10 to 15 years.