Coal Bearing Strata

The coal bearing strata in the UK are shown in the figure below and the Chew Valley is located in the Bristol-Somerset Coalfield.

Coal Bearing Strata (British Geological Survey)

Coal Bearing Strata (British Geological Survey/DECC)

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2013

The previous PEDL licence holder, Geomet, suggested in 1999 that two exploration bore holes should be drilled: “1 km east of Chew Magna” and “1.5 kn east if Hinton Blewett”. The sites are shown as red dots on the figure below. Note that these tests were proposed but were not made, however it goes to show how local the issue may become. From this map it is estimated that one test would have been near Sandy Lane within Chew Magna parish, whilst the other would have been in farmland to the south of the quarry at Hinton Blewett.

DECC, 2010

Bristol-Somerset Coalfield, BGS/DECC 2010

The location of the coalfield in relation to the PEDL licenses and geographic features is shown below.

Bristol-Somerset Coal Field

Bristol-Somerset Coal Field / PEDL Licenses

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2013

The communities which fall both within the coalfield and within the PEDL licenses and which could therefore be directly impacted by CBM activity are as follows:

Belluton
Bishop Sutton
Bishopsworth
Bitton
Blagdon
Burnett
Butcombe
Camerton
Carlingcott
Charlton
Chelwood
Chew Magna
Chew Stoke
Chewton Keynsham
Chewton Mendip
Chilcompton
Clandown
Clutton
Coleford
Compton Dando
Compton Martin
Corston
Dundry
East Harptree
Emborough
Farmborough
Farrington Gurney
Gurney Slade
Hallatrow
High Littleton
Hinton Blewett
Holcombe
Hunstrete
KEYNSHAM
Kilmersdon
Litton
Marksbury
MIDSOMER NORTON
Nempnett Thrubwell
Nettlebridge
North Wick
North Widcombe
Norton Hawkfield
Norton Malreward
Paulton
Pensford
Priston
Queen Charlton
RADSTOCK
Regil
Saltford
South Widcombe
Stanton Drew
Stanton Prior
Stanton Wick
Ston Easton
Stowey
Stratton-on-the-Fosse
Swineford
Temple Cloud
Timsbury
Upton Cheyney
West Harptree
Whitchurch

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