The Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) – the UK’s oil and gas regulator – has announced that 27 onshore licence blocks from the 14th Onshore Oil and Gas Licensing Round will be formally offered to companies.
A second group of 132 further blocks has been subjected to assessment under the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010, the findings of which are now out for consultation, to which you can respond below.
Subject to the outcome of that consultation, the OGA will announce offers for the second group of licence blocks later in the year. The licences for all offered blocks will then be granted after the terms and conditions have been finalised. The names of all licence holding companies will then be made public.
Under the Petroleum Act 1998, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change may grant licences for a defined geographical area (ordnance survey “blocks”) and for a specified period of time. These licences confer exclusive rights on the licensee to “search and bore for and get” petroleum but do not, in their own right, confer on the licensee any consent, permission or authorisation to carry out development activity.
Fracking Licences in Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire
Within the second group of 132 licence areas now under consultation 15 of them are within the Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire areas and cover some highly environmentally sensitive areas including Special Conservation Areas, Special Protection Areas, RAMSAR Sites and an AONB.
Click here to Download the latest OGA UK map showing all current and potential licence blocks
Click here to Download detailed maps of each potential local licence area
Click here to Download completed assessments for each potential local licence area
Click Here to visit the main consultation page including all supporting documents
Click here to submit a response to the consultation online
We would encourage you to submit a response to this consultation by the deadline of 29th Sept 2015. The areas highlighted in dark green above have not yet been granted as licences, this is your chance to have your say. The consequences of any exploration and possible production of shale gas or coal bed methane, possibly involving fracking, could have significant adverse effects on your health, well-being, local environment and financial security.