Posted by: westlancashirerecord | January 22, 2018

Say No To Aurora Energy Resources In PEDL 164

As we now know, Aurora Energy Resources have applied for a scoping request in advance of a planning application for exploratory drilling and fracking in PEDL 164 on Altcar Moss. The “Moss Alliance” is a recently formed alliance of local groups opposed to fracking and will hold public meetings about it .

It will pay people to know something of the local history on commercial oil discovery, facts published by Aurora itself, which might indicate the futility of this scoping request. When people think of oil & gas in the UK, they generally picture rigs and platforms in the harsh environments of the North Sea. However, the first commercial oil discovery in the country was made onshore near Formby, shortly before the Second World War.

Following the discovery of the shallow Formby field, numerous deeper exploration wells were drilled across Lancashire, although whilst oil and gas indications were seen in a number of these wells, including around Formby itself and at Croxteth in Liverpool, no large discoveries were made. Focus then shifted to the offshore East Irish Sea.

The discovery of the large South Morecambe gas field in 1974 led to further offshore gas discoveries and the commencement of gas production, with the gas coming ashore at Barrow-in-Furness and Point of Ayr. It was not until 1992 that the first offshore oil in Liverpool Bay was discovered at the Lennox and Douglas fields.

A number of further onshore wells, drilled in the 1980s and 1990s, including Little Crosby 1 located in what is now Aurora’s PEDL 164 licence area , encountered non-commercial indications of oil and gas. Nothing has changed, just the sheer greed that drives these resource explorers with the support of the government, and we should all be asking what positions our councillors will take to protect our wildlife and environment.


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