The UK government has announced the results of the 14th onshore PEDL licensing round. The latest announcement by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC ) confirms that large areas of North Yorkshire and beyond have already been sold off, or are being lined up to be sold off in the near future, to the UK fracking industry,
For a downloadable list of every town or village included in the 14th Round, please click on the link below:
So how did this happen?
The 14th Onshore Oil and Gas Licensing Round was launched on 28 July 2014 and closed on 28 October 2014. A total of 95 applications were received from 47 companies covering 295 Ordnance Survey Blocks. DECC today announced that 27 onshore blocks from the 14th Onshore Oil and Gas Licensing Round will be formally offered to companies with a further 132 license blocks to follow later in the year following a public ‘consultation’
The bad news for North Yorkshire is that on top of the existing PEDL licences already held by Third Energy a further 30-35 are likely to be awarded by the end of the year for Oil and gas exploration in and around North Yorkshire and its surrounding boundaries with South & East Yorkshire. The new awards (following a consultation) could allow the fracking industry to potentially explore for shale gas in the North York Moors National Park, the Howardian Hills & the Wolds. Furthermore the new awards combined with the pre-existing licenses completely cover the centre of York City, Pickering, Malton, Norton, Scarborough, Filey, Selby, Driffield, Bridlington, Robin Hoods Bay, including nearly every town & village in the districts of Ryedale, Scarborough and then onwards into the district of Hambleton.
The purpose of this post is to help inform concerned residents and business owner in North Yorkshire of the implications the latest Fracking licensing sell-off will have on them and to provide the must up to date data available. we will also offer advice on ways in which you can engage in the fight against fracking in your local community.
We will split the brief report into 3 sections:
1 – An overview of the DECC 14th onshore licensing round
We have analysed the data that has been published on DECC’s website and we now understand that in addition to the current PEDL blocks managed by Third Energy the following additional fracking companies have been issued with licenses in Yorkshire in the first ‘tranch’ of awards announced on the 18/08/15. They are;
For more info on the first 27 awards please click here
Fore detailed analysis on the future PEDL awards in North Yorkshire please continue to read on…..
Subject to consultation the latest awards will allow shale gas exploration companies the opportunity to explore for shale gas reserves within their respective licence areas with the likelihood that these companies will first seek to conduct 3D seismic surveys before applying to the local council, county council and Environment Agency for permission to drill any potential exploration wells and conduct the relevant test fracks. This would follow a similar pattern which has been the case with Third Energy’s KM8 well site located in Kirby Misperton, Ryedale.
For further information on seismic surveys please click here
Summary of latest awards in North Yorkshire
The bad news for North Yorkshire is that on top of the existing PEDL licences already held by Third Energy a further 30-35 are likely to be awarded later in the year for Oil and gas exploration in and around North Yorkshire and nearby East Yorkshire. The new awards (subject to a consultation) will now allow the fracking industry to potentially explore for shale gas in the North York Moors National Park, the Howardian Hills & the Wolds. Furthermore the new awards now cover the centre of York City, Pickering, Malton, Norton, Scarborough, Filey, Selby, Driffield, Bridlington, Robin Hoods Bay, including nearly every town & village in the districts of Ryedale, Scarborough and then onwards into the district of Hambleton.
Please click here to visit DECC’s interactive online map or continue below onto section 2
2 – An analysis for each individual region, town and village (based on current information)
DECC have commissioned AMEC to complete an assessment on the future PEDL license blocks and the results have now been published. A link to the full report can be found here.
We have extracted the relevant maps that cover the Districts of Ryedale, Scarborough, Hambleton and York below;
The maps provided were published by Oil and Gas authority on DECC’s website on the 18th August 2015.
York, Selby & surrounding areas
Ryedale & the North York Moors – incliding Malton, Norton, Hovingham, Kirkbymoorside, Ebberston, Pickering, Cropton, Sinnington and surrounding areas
Scarborough, Filey, Robin Hoods Bay and surrounding areas
Bridlington, Driffield and surrounding areas
3 – Advice on how we can stop fracking in your community and beyond.
Step 1 – Comment and object on the current DECC consultation.
DECC have started a public consultation on the new awards and the general public now have until 29th September 2015 to comment and voice their concerns about this disgraceful and shocking licensing round.
comments on the consultation which has been called the ‘Habitats Regulations Assessments of 14th Onshore Oil and Gas Licensing Round’ must be completed online. We have added a link here or visit https://econsultation.decc.gov.uk/decc-policy/habitat-regulations-assessment-of-14th-round-onsho/consult_view for further details.
If you’re not sure what to say, we will be posting guidelines on how to deal with this in the coming days.
Step 2 – Tell everybody you know, Your family, your friends, your neighbours, everybody about this consultation and then –
Step 3 – Join the nearest friendly, local anti-fracking group or set up your own group in a nearby town, village or street. (details below).
Do you live in Ryedale?
If you live in Ryedale and would like to help us stop fracking and other forms of unconventional gas extraction please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in touch with your local group and add you to our mailing list.
Do you live in York?
For more information regarding anti-fracking efforts in York please visit the website of Frack Free York – www.frackfreeyork.org.uk or send an email to email@example.com.
Do you live in Scarborough?
Please visit the Facebook page of Frack Free Scarborough
Do you live in Harrogate or Knaresborough, or surrounding villages?
Please visit the Frack Free Harrogate and Knaresborough Facebook page.
Do you live in Selby?
If you live in or near Selby, pleases visit the Frack Free Selby Facebook page.
If you live elsewhere in North Yorkshire – Do you want to set up your own Anti-fracking group?
Please visit the Frack Free North Yorkshire Contact Page, who will put you in touch with all the necessary resources and information to get you started.
Together we can stop Fracking in North Yorkshire and beyond.
(Thanks to Frack Free North Yorkshire for this analysis).