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    Frack Free Somerset Autumn of Awareness Public Meetings

    by  • October 22, 2014 • News

    It has come to the attention of Frack Free Somerset that three of the licenses in Somerset have been relinquished (and are up for grabs in the new licensing round). However UK Methane have renewed their PEDL license 227, which covers Ston Easton and numerous areas in the Mendips. This means it is extremely likely...

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    Coal Bed Methane is the likely target for UK Methane, the licence holders of PEDL 227 in Mendip, so What is Coal Bed Methane Exploration and What are the Risks?

    by  • September 9, 2014 • News

    Coalbed methane (CBM), also known as coal-seam gas (CSG) in Australia, refers to methane found in coal seams (underground layers of coal, also called ‘coal beds’). It occurs when methane is absorbed into coal and is trapped there by the pressure from the weight of the rocks that overlie the coal-seams. CBM is formed...

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    Our response to Mendip District Councillor Tom killen’s recent letter on fracking in the Mendips to Wells Journal

    by  • September 4, 2014 • News

    While welcoming Tom Killen’s optimism about the low risk of fracking on the Mendips it is important to highlight several issues in his recent letter in the Wells Journal. Firstly, while I agree that, with the environmental consequences far outweighing the potential benefits, there is little likelihood of drilling for shale gas beneath the...

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    Vast areas for the UK (including Somerset) now open to Fracking under DECC 14th Licence Round

    by  • July 30, 2014 • News

    On 28th July DECC launched the 14th onshore oil and gas exploration licencing round. Exploration companies are invited to apply for licences up 28th October 2014. Where applications represent major development, planning permission should be refused in National Parks, the Broads and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty except in exceptional circumstances and where it...

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    Potential for 300 Coal Bed Methane wells across Mendip & Chew Valley

    by  • July 30, 2014 • News

    Unconventional gas companies are interested in Coal Bed Methane (CBM) in Somerset because of the Westphalian Coal Measures associated with the Bristol‐Somerset Coalfield. The current licence holder (PEDL 227) is UK Methane which holds a 50% share of the licence with Shale Energy plc, although it is understood that full ownership may soon pass...

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    West Sussex county council turns down shale gas exploration bid

    by  • July 22, 2014 • News

    Refusal of Celtique Energie thought to be the first time a council has rejected a planning application by a shale company. West Sussex County Council’s planning committee refused the application by Celtique Energy for oil and gas exploration near Wisborough Green, a conservation area just outside the South Downs National Park. The refusal, thought...

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