INEOS has been granted an environmental permit to drill an exploratory borehole at a site in Derbyshire.
The Environment Agency’s ‘Standard Rules’ permit allows the petrochemicals giant to carry out drilling, waste management and low risk testing at its Bramleymoor Lane site, near the village of Marsh Lane.
It does not however allow fracking.
The permits are issued to companies only after they demonstrate they understand and can manage the risks to people and the environment.
An Environment Agency spokesperson said: “Our regulatory controls for onshore oil and gas are in place to protect people and the environment.
“Standard Rules permits are common across industry and maintain high levels of environmental protection. They do not allow companies to carry out fracking – this activity requires a bespoke permit application which would be subject to a site-specific environmental risk assessment and extensive public consultation.”