London - Ineos has told a group of residents in an area of North West of England there was no reason why its fracking activities should have an impact on subsidence in the locality.
Speaking at a meeting in Northwich, Cheshire, earlier this week Gary Haywood, chief executive of Ineos Shale, said he wanted to give local people an idea of what fracking was all about.
“If you believe what you read in the papers the world is going to end, but that’s not how we see it,” the Northwich Guardian reported him as saying.
Ineos has recently been granted a licence to undertake exploratory drilling in mid-Cheshire.
Outlining how shale drilling worked, Haywood said the shale wells went down much deeper than the local salt caverns and should not affect them.
“If we are drilling through small voids we might grout them and fix them,” he added.
In December last year Ineos was awarded 21 new licences to drill for shale gas with access to one million acres of potential reserves.
The group has gone on a ‘charm offensive’ in parts of the UK where it planned to explore for shale gas.
Late last year it hosted 18 meetings across Scotland to get its message across.
However local residents in areas where shale gas licences have been issued have often voiced their concerns via demonstrations.