To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what evidence his Department has used to make an assessment of the potential effect of hydraulic fracturing at the KM8 site on (a) public health and (b) the environment in connection with sour gas.
Hydrogen Sulphide levels are measured every 2 weeks by passive monitoring as required by Planning Condition 25 stipulated by North Yorkshire County Council. This information is provided in Third Energy’s Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Plan, a requirement of both the Environment Agency’s permit and North Yorkshire County Council planning permission conditions. Both these permissions are required before an operator can apply to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for hydraulic fracturing consent.
The Department is carefully considering the evidence relating to the KM8 site and will respond appropriately in due course.