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Dudleston methane drilling will not go ahead, says landowner

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image captionDart Energy operates a number of coal bed methane sites across the UK, including Airth in Scotland

Plans to drill for methane in north Shropshire will not go ahead after a licence lapsed, says the landowner.

Dart Energy wanted to dig a test borehole to check for coal bed methane on Paul Hickson's farmland in Dudleston but a three-year licence has now lapsed and he said he would not renew it.

Protesters previously opposed the bid.

Mr Hickson said: "There will be no drilling on my land in future at all. I can reassure you of that."

As an organic farmer, Mr Hickson said he also had concerns drilling might affect his licence.

The company declined to comment.

Coal bed methane involves drilling down to a coal seam and then removing water to stimulate the flow of methane, which can then be used to produce energy.

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