The Guardian has the story on its web site – see link above
This is an interesting and informative piece from Adam Vaughan and well worth taking the time to read it.
I recently came across a clear map showing the boundaries of the Fracking area closest to our part of the world – The License is to Aurora Energy Resources and it’s number is PEDL 164. Here’s the map:-
As you can see the majority of the seismic survey area is within West Lancashire (the thick pale yellow line is the Sefton/West Lancs boundary) but the much wider license area boundary includes large parts of Sefton Borough. Parts of Formby and Lydiate Civil Parishes are clearly within seismic survey area.
My understanding is that Aurora must complete seismic surveys in the area by the 30/9/2020, submit a planning application for that area by 30/9/2021, and drill a well there by the 30/9/2023.
With thanks to Lydiate Parish Council, Frack Free Formby/The Moss Alliance and the Oil and Gas Authority for the map and much of the information contained in this posting. If I have anything wrong please shout and I will correct. Also thanks to Roy Connell for the link to the Guardian article.
I suppose that fracking was always going to appear locally following Government giving out licences to companies wanting to explore for shale gas. Trouble is the wider political establishment is wedded to this source of fuel, which is far from being a green/renewable source of energy.
My previous posting on this subject was in January of this year and it is accessible via the link below:-
Opposition locally is being led by ‘The Moss Alliance’ who held a public event in Haskayne Village Hall on 10th February.
On 4th January 2018 Aurora Energy Resources submitted a scoping request to Lancashire County Council. This is the stage before submitting a planning application. They want to dill 2 boreholes on Altcar Moss. The site is more or less level with Formby and to the east of it inland. Please note the site is actually within Lancashire (due to the most odd local government boundaries locally) not Sefton but Formby will be the biggest community that is nearest to the site.
Lancashire already has experience of dealing with shale gas exploration and drilling due to the Cuadrilla site near Blackpool which has had a great deal of coverage in the media.
I understand that Aurora will be holding their own public event, also at Haskayne Village Hall, on 17th February.